|The B's: Bonnie Murray and Peter Biancamano, 2nd Ward candidates for City Council|
The eleventh hour exit of Beth Mason was supposed to clear the way for Peter Biancamano to take on Reform candidate, Tiffanie Fisher. Supposed to.
Ruben Ramos had other ideas.
Just two years ago, his chance to become mayor of Hoboken was dashed by the late entry of a third ticket headed by Tim Occhipinti. This ticket, "One Hoboken," was largely funded by developer Frank Raia, an At-Large Council candidate running with longtime friend, Peter Biancamano.
|2013: Mayoral candidate Ruben Ramos with supporter Brian Murray|
More recently, Ramos' allies Michael Russo and Carmelo Garcia, took a nasty dump on Raia friend, Jamie Cryan, at the Hoboken Democratic Committee reorganization:
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."Russo's disrespecting Cryan and hijack of Hoboken's Democratic Committee only added to the bad blood between the Raia-Ramos camps.
B as in B(onnie)... ouch!
More: hubby Brian Murray is close to 4th Ward challenger Ruben Ramos and very close to 6th Ward Challenger Carmelo Garcia.
Murray and pal Joe Branco were Carmelo Garcia's cheering section at the BoE...
...and Murray was at the head of the mob, cheering, "We can, we will, watch us!" for HHA Executive Director Garcia the night he was fired.
And so, from the heart of the Ramos camp, a B was dispatched to sting Biancamano.
GA note to Bonnie: Looking good... pretty photo.