|The $160,000 Myramid: Mason & Raia's rumored investment in One Hoboken|
Oh, my! Ready for some serious dish?
Sources tell GA that the plot to sabotage Tim's campaign was hatched by Ruben's strategist, Paul Swibinski of Vision Media Marketing, and that Beth Mason operative 'Finboy' Barracato, was Swibinski's 'eyes and ears' inside the One Hoboken campaign.
GA is told that allegedly, the fishy Mason operative helped Swibinski without Beth's knowledge, double-crossing her as she poured money into One Hoboken.
Yes, double-crossed; it is rumored that Mason and Raia have invested at least $160,000 into One Hoboken, believing they could elect at least one of the candidates. Presumably Raia, but GA hears Mason believed Tim had a chance. So, while these two poured money into One Hoboken, allegedly 'Finboy' and Swibinski were working cooperatively to drive the campaign into the ground.
They were so successful- too successful. Finboy was then forced to part ways with Ruben and look like he was making an effort for Tim by putting out a midnight flyer, calling former mayor Anthony Russo (and his family) "criminals", and putting out a TV ad attacking Ramos. The unintended consequences of 'campaigning for Tim' seems to be infuriating the Russos and Ramos.
Meanwhile, Beth Mason remains oblivious. So does Raia.
You ask why would Finboy secretly work against his Boss? Most likely he's looking for a place to land when Beth is 'done' in 2015.
And if sources are correct about the Swibinski plan, how did it allegedly work ?
GA is told that as Tim began gearing up to run, a 'mole' under deep cover was dispatched to destroy Occhipinti by: (1) infiltrating One Hoboken and (2) undermining the campaign. In several ways. If true, it appears this operation been incredibly successful.
Does the timeline fit? It appears so.
In August 2013, the local media began buzzing about Occhipinti entering the mayoral, and on 9/3/2013 he filed his petition to run.
On or about that time the co-owner of his condo moved out, and his Communications Director moved in.
On or about 9/16/2013, Occhipinti gave his boss 2 weeks notice that he would be leaving his job on (last day 9/ 27/2013) to run for Hoboken mayor.
9/16/2013 was also the day Swibinski's Vision Media was paid on it's (first) invoice of $6,000.
Ruben's ELEC reports show that Vision Media has been paid at least $14,700 to-date for their work.
|Ramos' Vision for Hoboken ELECS: payments to Vision Media|
So, ELEC shows payments to Vision Media starting in the same time-frame that Occhipinti joined the race. Was Swibinski hired for an 'Occhipinti Strategy'?
Well, back-stabbing and treachery are par for the course in filthy Hudson County politics. But I am told this one is the "worst". A BnR source who's witnessed many elections tells me "this is the dirtiest I have ever seen in Hoboken."
What about Occhipinti's future in Hoboken politics? What if he turns out to be the 'spoiler' in a close race?
GA believes it may be a close race.
REFORM must GET OUT THE VOTE for Dawn Zimmer, Ravi Bhalla, Dave Mello and Jim Doyle.
Updated, 11/2/2013- 10:55 AM
For those who don't get GA's "myramid" reference, watch this excerpt from Tim Occhipinti's appearance on Beth Mason's cable access show "Hoboken Today":