|Occhipinti campaign breaks the law, hangs sign at polling entrance.|
8:15AM- 30 voted so far, GA is challenging in Ward 4-5. A fellow from the Ramos campaign popped in to tell us an Occhipinti sign was illegally mounted on the utility post well within the 100 foot minimum allowed from a polling place. The Ramos gentleman discussed how dirty the Occhipinti campaign was- the flyer, the commercial, posting signs on businesses, harassing phonecalls, and the nastiness about Bhalla. The Occhipinti sign is mounted about 15 feet up, too high to pull down. If anyone's out there, the gals working here need COFFEE.
8:50AM- Picking up, now line of voters waiting.
11:00AM- On a break, went to vote at Calabro and was #116 at 10:30AM. Also stopped by Zimmer hq. It was buzzing with activity, folks coming and going. The esteemed Ed Florio was there and introduced himself- it turns out he's a GA reader, "every morning" and really likes the blog. Thanks, Ed! Anyway, also challenging at 4-5 was the lovely Mrs. Ramos for her hubby's campaign, and a sweet gal for Timmy. When I left at 9:15 we had 56 votes cast.
1:30- 87 voters at 4-5 so far. We just had 2 celebs drop by to vote:
Promise you won't tell anyone, but when the Mayor was in the booth voting, Stan whispered in my ear, "I've switched horses... I'm a Tim man." Wow, what kind of man calls his wife a horse? Well... got a call from a member of Kids First campaigning on Washington and First. She said "Hi!" to Carmelo Garcia as he walked by with his wife. He turned and screamed, "I HOPE YOU LOSE!". So she replied, "Have you got that on tape?" Ha ha ha!!!
2:36 PM- 97 voters. It's sloooow... it'll pick up late afternoon and on. Patty Waiters dropped by earlier. Spoke to a source who told me, "Everyone's jumping ship from Tim to Ruben."
3:30 PM- Hooray for Lyle and John G for the cookies! Yum yummy...
4:15 PM- Matt Calicchio marched in and said, "It's Nancy Pink Ass" a couple of times in the presence of several young kids, including Ruben's son and daughter. Then sat next to me and said he was Challenging for Peter Biancamano. Hey, Peter B. if you're out there, tell your beast to behave, especially around kids. He left after 5 or 10 minutes. New 4-5 vote total: 120 machine, 10 provisionals.
5:30PM- Breakin' the law!
'Better Schools Now' candidate Vanessa Falco, running mate of Brian 'Moving to the Burbs' Murray, wore a campaign t-shirt to the polls at Wallace! GA hears at first she refused to remove her shirt, because "I'm a candidate!" She finally did, outside of the voting booth. But the moment Falco left the building, on went the shirt... within 100 feet of the school! I guess LAWS are for OTHER people. Nice role model for our kids.
6:30PM- A steady stream of voters now. Opened a second machine. 156 machine votes, about 12 provisionals.