We'll probably never know how much loot Councilwoman Beth Mason dumped into Carmelo Garcia's campaign, but we do know her PAC, Real Democrats For Hoboken, paid for 4 full-color, 81/2" x 11" fliers.
GA has a reasonable basis to believe that Mason "business partner," a rotten, Weehawken fish filet named James Barracato, coordinated the content, production and mailing of the fliers for candidate Carmelo Garcia.
In fact, Barracato's rhetorical fin-prints are ALL over the 4 mailers. Each mailer highlights a Mason sweet spot; dredged-up talking points that flopped when they debuted on Hoboken411 years ago. Not only didn't these talking points resonate then, but recycled on the 2015 mailers, they are a calling card.
Picturing Jen clutching a beer bottle or stuffing her decapitated head inside a parking meter or claiming Jen stopped Hoboken from banning assault weapons or accusing Jen of going to the Superbowl or repeatedly calling her "crazy" warning that "we must stop her once and for all...." is vintage Mason/Barracato.
These over-the-top negative, mean-spirited, juvenile mailers hit all the wrong notes for Carmelo Garcia. They evoked sympathy for Giattino, pissed people off. Rule #1 in politics: don't make voters hate your candidate.
So, if Garcia ever had a CHANCE of beating Giattino, GA believes these "Real Democrats for Hoboken" fliers TANKED him.
GA also wonders if the "CONCERNED CITIZEN" anti-Carmelo flier triggered the fusillade-of-stupid. Bang bang bang bang. The first Mason flier came a few days after the "CONCERNED CITIZEN" one and it looked hastily done, like cobbled-together crap.
Folks, if only that were all.
THE TRUTH ABOUT JENIn early October, a letter went out to the media in a plain, white envelope- no name, a P.O. box and the title "The Truth About Jen." I could not obtain a copy of the letter. I heard the "truth" was a "smear."
Apparently in the final week of October, "The Truth About Jen" letters arrived in 6th Ward mailboxes. Jen's neighbors got them, and here is a copy of one sent to a 5th Ward resident. The letter is on a single sheet, double-sided.
Thank G-d, the Carmelo Garcia campaign LOST.
Love ya, "Jen Girl." Congratulations.