Never a dull moment in Hoboken politics! An earwitness reports:
Carmelo Garcia has been telling people he's running for mayor.If so, that would make Garcia the most litigious candidate for that office since Beth Mason ran in 2009. Yep, the former HHA Executive Director just filed Lawsuit Number 3 against Mayor Zimmer:
In an complaint filed in Hudson County Superior Court by North Bergen attorney Louis Zayas, Garcia alleges that his firing was orchestrated by Zimmer in retaliation for his unwillingness to appoint politically connected professionals at the Housing Authority. Garcia also alleges that Zimmer and her allies fired him because of his Hispanic ethnicity.
|Garcia Lawsuit #1 accused the Mayor and her husband of ethnic cleansing at the HHA|
You know what this sounds like to GA? A(nother) great big whack at the mayor designed to build a constituency for his political comeback.
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Concerns over the ballots largely sprung from allegations made by the Parents for Change slate before the election. A representative for the team challenged 225 mail-in ballots on the Saturday before the Nov. 4 election.Wow. Didn't GA tell you Branco declared war on Frank? And by association, Frank's Harvest Queen (the gal with 466 absentee ballots.)
Harper said 55 of the contested ballots have already been discounted because they'd been mishandled. He said someone had disrupted the "chain of custody" on the ballots, often meaning that somewhere between the voter's home and the clerk's office someone else handled the ballot but didn't sign it in the presence of the voter, as required.
This raises the concern that votes were forced, bought or even changed.
Joseph Branco, campaign manager for the Parents for Change slate, declined to comment on Wednesday, citing that he wanted to wait until the prosecutor's office considers the allegations.
This may not surprise some, considering the words recorded by Garcia's hidden wire on Jan. 16, 2013; Garcia told his lunch companions about Raia's "750" flooded ballots in the 2012 BoE race, calling Raia a "fucking buffoon":
Ouch. I guess the Raia folks won't be campaigning for Garcia any time soon!