All hail the new King and Queen of the Hoboken Democratic Party!
Last night, after delivery of a voting machine was blocked by the proprietor of Room 84, the venue hosting the HDP re-org meeting, GA was told wooden ballot boxes sent from the County did arrive.
What happened to the vote by secret ballot?
NOTHING, as the meeting degenerated into a coup by the Russo faction, beginning with Michelle Russo's "unrecognized" nomination of Carmelo Garcia as Chairman Pro Tempore, a chaotic "raise your hands" vote count, unauthorized parties allowed in the room (Beth Mason) and subsequent election of two male top officers in violation of HDP by-laws.
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Cryan had appointed a Chairman Pro Tempore to take nominations but, acording to witnesses, before they could proceed Cryan was shouted down by Matt Calicchio, Michele and Michael Russo, Joe Branco, and Carmelo in an orchestrated coup to stop the secret ballot. What followed was orchestrated chaos: the Russo faction refused to acknowledge the Chair, seized the microphone, shouted, and finally took control of the mic. Chaos won. There was NO secret ballot, all forced to vote under the watchful eye of Garcia, Branco and the Russos.
Here is what an eye witness told GA:
"Michele, Michael, Matt Calicchio and Branco walked around telling people to raise their hands. Non Committee people were raising their hands. They pretended to count and then announced Romano as Chairman."
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It ain't a pretty picture. GA predicts the videotaped bedlam will bite them all in the ass for years to come.
As for Beth Mason, she showed up with the expectation she would 'get' something. She got NOTHING. GA was told: "she stormed out in a huff, dragging her checkbook behind her."
Tonight is the HCDO re-org, where GA hears Beth Mason will get even more NOTHING.
OK, so here are the 'winners' in last night's coup:
King: Anthony Romano
Queen: Mike Russo
Honorary King: Carmelo Garcia
Money Handler: John Castellano
Girl Friday: Joe 'Carmelo BFF' Branco
Seargeant at Arms: Ms. Petruzelli
Finally, GA contacted Jamie Cryan for comment. Here is his statement:
"It has been my pleasure to serve in the capacity as Chairman of the Hoboken Democratic Committee over the past 4 years and it's been a great honor to have worked alongside some amazing committee people. I wish nothing but the best to the new leadership during their tenure and hope they continue the legacy of doing what is right for Democrats in Hoboken."
Well, that's class, unlike the conduct of the Russo faction last night. See for yourself (courtesy of Hudson County View):