GA thought something smelled when Hudson County View reported that Assemblyman Carmelo Garcia (D-33) was named the Hoboken Democratic Committee’s Honorary Chairman.
It turns out, I was right.
The Honorary Chair usually goes to the Hoboken mayor or else a highly prominent person within NJ's Democratic Party. Carmelo Garcia, rumored 6th Ward challenger to incumbent Jen Giattino, had lobbied hard for Councilwoman Beth Mason to take HDP Chair; Garcia was the only politico to 'go public' telling The Hoboken Reporter: “She’s ideal for the job.”
Then why give it to Garcia, and not Mason?
I'll spell it out: S-T-E-V-E F-U-L-O-P.
Mason continues to play an active role in trying to sabatoge Steve Fulop's political careeer. In 2013, she and hubby dumped $52,000 (the maximum allowable contribution) into Fulop's opponent, incumbent Jersey City Mayor Jerry Healey's campaign warchest. At the same time, Mason political operative James Barracato, was shopping thumb drives to local media containing ancient 'dirt' on Tom Bertoli, Fulop's Chief strategist. Barracato's ham-handed ploy proved the lows to which Mason would sink in order to destroy Jersey City's Fulop. This was a personal betrayal as well, since Bertoli allegedly had gotten Barracato his highly-paid gig with Mason in 2008. How else has Beth Mason opposed Fulop? PolitickerNJ refers to her as " a key northern ally of Senate President Steve Sweeney." As Hoboken Democratic Party Chair (or "Honorary Chair"), Mason would have a prominent platform to organize support and fund raise for Fulop's opponent, Stephen Sweeney.
That explains our neighbor's opposition to Beth "ATM" Mason assuming even an honorary position with the Hoboken Democratic Party.
Tough luck, Mayor Fulop.
The Backstabbers have figured out a way to empower the woman who has used her great personal wealth to destroy you.
Unimpeachable sources with direct knowlege, and confirmed by a third, told GA:
Stick Carmelo and the Russo diss tonight a secret agreement with her to do honorary chair by letter in a few weeks when they think nobody is looking. Until 5pm [re-org] she was going on Sticks ticket as co honorary chair. That was going to be her title. They got scared off of doing it by [redacted]. He was yelling for 3 weeks up until 3 hours before. This is the bs compromise to appease her and hide it from fulop. I believe she expected to be honorary co chair going into the meeting. I doubt there is an exact offering on the table but the expectation is make her happy and get fundraising asistance.With these folks, cash trumps honor.
Chairman Anthony Romano, Vice Chair Michael Russo and Honorary Chairman Carmelo Garcia must take responsiblity for this "secret agreement" to sneak Beth Mason into the power structure of the Hoboken Democratic party behind Steve Fulop's back.
'They' are a coalition. Stick said it himself to PolitickerNJ.
“It was a coalition: Michael Russo, [1st Ward Councilwoman] Theresa Castellano, [2nd Ward Councilwoman] Beth Mason and Carmelo Garcia,” said Romano..."
They smile in your face
All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)...
A few of your buddies they sure look shady
Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist
Aimin' straight at your back
And I don't think they'll miss
-The O'Jays, 1972