Recent phone polls reported on MSV suggest that Beth Mason is testing her viability for another City Council run.
Is anybody surprised?
The operatives who've brought Mason from presumptive-mayor to unelectable (while lining their pockets with her loot), seem determined to scam her once more... with cooked polling. Indications are that Mason does not wish to run again. That all may change once well-cooked data 'proves' she can beat Tiffanie Fisher.
But 2011 is not 2015.
If Mason's abysmal City Council record were not enough, thousands of email documents provided by SLAPP Plaintiffs Lane Bajardi and Kim Cardinal in their disgraced litigation, raise serious questions about her competence to govern. One is Mason's outsourcing of critical decision-making to her political operatives.
At 5:04 PM on Wednesday September 21, 2011, SLAPP Plaintiff Kim "not an operative" Cardinal writes to an email to Councilwoman Beth Mason, "Your hospital vote tonight."
Beth Mason relies on operatives to guide her on decisions which impact the entire city and the lives of its residents; her operatives are not deciding what is in the best interest of the city, but what is in the best interest for Beth Mason. And the operatives always guide her to do what will hurt Zimmer, not for the public good.
At 8:42 PM on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 Mason political operative James Barracato emails Sara Stojkovic to "Buy the Star Ledger... Dawn is going down the tubes with the hospital sale."
Ricky Mason's behind-the-scene role in his wife's effort to sink the sale of the HUMC, a public asset, has never been fully explored.
Emails show political operatives asking for input from Ricky Mason as his wife publicly opposed the HUMC sale, others show him on group emails regarding his wife's alleged "Council Minority Agreement" with the buyer, Holdco.
If anyone recalls, Beth Mason's jihad to kill the sale of Hoboken's only hospital came to an end on the night of Sunday, October 30, 2011. That night was a special meeting, which drew standing room only crowds of residents, to vote for (or against) the sale of the hospital to it's only viable bidder, HoldCo. It was literally, do-or-die.
In a stunning and comical moment, Councilwoman Mason read a document which she had distributed to the crowd. The document was called, "City Council Minority reaches Agreement with Buyer to Save Hoboken Hospital."
|Mason reading her "...agreement with Buyer to Save Hoboken hospital"- check out Russo's reaction|
GA's then-legal department, Not-Stempler, had this to say about the Mason "Agreement with the Buyer":
It is horn book law that a municipality can only act in accordance with the powers conferred upon it by statute. As a Faulkner Act municipality, the enabling statute does not create within Hoboken a separately recognized “Council minority” and there is no precedent that would confer upon the council minority (emphasis on minority) to bind the City in any event; especially in light of the fact that the functions related to the sale of the hospital have been properly delegated to the municipal hospital authority created for that purpose. It also does not appear that the Council minority had municipal legal representation during the course of its “negotiations”. Only duly retained council, paid for by the City, can assist and advise government officials in the discharge or exercise of their duties. Perhaps if the Council minority had the assistance of effective counsel, then the letter may have contained different terms.It goes without further comment that there is no authority for the council minority members to act in any official capacity as representatives of the City to designate a board member of the buyer.
Likewise, emails exchanged before and after the October 30 special meeting show the Managing Director of an investment bank is flummoxed by the Mason "Agreement." Not Ricky Mason, who calls his wife's bizarre agreement "innovative."
These telling communications only scratch the surface of the very strange conduct of Councilwoman Beth Mason on the sale of our public assset, the HUMC.
This promises to be a very interesting 2nd Ward race.