No sooner than Carmelo Garcia's 'ethnic cleansing' lawsuit got the boot in Hudson County Superior Court-- it was back again! Yep.
According to last Tuesday's Jersey Journal: "Garcia's attorney, Louis Zayas, said his client plans to re-file the lawsuit in the next few weeks."
Zayas went on to say: ""We believe this issue will be cured in the next couple of weeks..."
"Cured"? Is he adding a soundtrack?
"Ethnic Cleansing The Musical"... with his $1M+ Alicea award, Zayas can hire The Rockettes.
GA is not sure how one "cures" a charge of ethnic cleansing, leveled by a NJ. State Assemblyman (Carmelo Garcia) to a Mayor (Zimmer), her husband and a former HHA Commissioner who has since moved out-of-state. According to Earwitnesses, even Mr. Garcia's friends were embarrassed by it.
For anyone who has wondered where the mayor's call to "end divisive rhetoric" and stop using terms like "old guard" and "new guard" came from, look no further than Garcia's "ethnic cleansing" complaint:
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Remember this lawsuit was entered in August 2013 preceding the November mayoral race.
Widely perceived as a combo of (1) distraction to embarrassing revelations that Garcia had worn a wire at his lunch meeting with the Mayor's hubby (2) a vendetta against the named HHA Commissioner and (3) political 'favor' to ally Ruben Ramos to amp up his base of support at the HHA, the lawsuit was designed to rock the political landscape.
It sure did. Like a loud fart in a crowded elevator.
So, the specter of re-filing the lawsuit now, with Garcia an elected NJ State Assemblyman from the 33rd District is fascinating.
The typical Hudson County politically-motivated lawsuit, a SLAPP (the most common type is a civil suit for defamation) is usually withdrawn after its outlived its usefulness, which is to to censor, intimidate, and silence critics by burdening them with the cost of a legal defense until they abandon their criticism or opposition.
This politically-motivated "ethnic cleansing" suit has a different aim. Plain and simple, it's an elaborate smear campaign using the Courts to label Reform as racist, ethnically intolerant. What it hopes to accomplish is to discourage Reformers from volunteering for board positions with the threat they will end up in a lawsuit. Once those who would effect Reform are out of government, the Carmelos, the Masons, the Russos and folks of their ilk 'own' Hoboken- again.
Look what happened to GA. And Horsey. And two dozen bloggers who simply exercised their right to open, free political discourse online.
So here's the Garcia-Mason message to Reform: Get involved, Get sued. Unless you're on OUR side.
That's one reason why GA believes the Garcia suit may get re-filed. Because the rumblings about the two new Commissioners being "white" as evidence of Zimmer's alleged "ethnic and racial intolerance" which reared it's head way back in 2012, with political operatives posting this kind of rhetoric...
HHA Chairman Rob Davis, an African American gentleman (an ally of Carmelo the Ethnic Cleansing Claimer) was quoted telling Hudson County TV : "They're trying to oust the black man."
Huh? The HHA Board is an ethnically and racially diverse mix of Hispanics, African Americans and Honkeys.
That's the thing about propaganda, and SLAPP suits and ethnic cleansing lawsuits- they create their own set of facts. Hopefully, our judges recognize crap-lawsuits, as did the one who threw out Garcia's Ethnic Cleansing lawsuit.
Well, a new judge, a new set of facts and... who knows? Angel Alicea is the new role model for frivolous lawsuit filers. The bad guys can always find a local hack or a well-intentioned out-of-towner to litigate their garbage.
New Jersey is overdue for anti-SLAPP legislation.