|photo credit: Charles Hack, Jersey Journal|
GA had heard a rumor that former 2nd Ward Councilwoman Mason had "given money to the Ramos campaign."
If true, it's a slap in the face to her old ally, then- incumbent Councilman, Tim Occhipinti.
Recall that Mason was rumored to have planned Tim's 2013 mayoral run months in advance. An insider laid out her November election strategy months earlier, in March:
Mason wants Tim to run for Mayor so she can pick his ticket. They know he can't win but would put all their effort into winning at least one at large seat so they could take back control and she could get the council Pres.back. They have blown so much smoke up Tims ass that he is actively bad mouthing Reuben which is the second part of her plan. If she can't have it,nobody can.By the time Tim announced his run in September 2013, a "One Hoboken" machine was in place funded directly by Frank Raia and with in-kind contributions by Mason. Recall, Mason's pop-up cable access TV show, Hoboken Today, that lasted at least 2 episodes: candidate Frank Raia was featured one week, and Tim Occhipinti the next. Here's a clip from that appearance:
So if Mason and Frank Raia's One Hoboken campaign set out to wreck Ramos' mayoral race in 2013, would she be giving money to Ramos for Council in 2015?
No direct contribution from Mason is reported on Ramos' ELECs.
But... the wife of Mason business partner, Sara Barracato, reported a $2,600 contribution to Ramos for Council on November 2, Election day, filed on a 48-HR form.
Hubby James Barracato gave $1,000 to Garcia for Council.
Odd, no? Yes it is perfectly legal.
As a Hoboken resident taxpayer, GA asks why is money flowing in from Weehawken residents to influence Hoboken's local elections?
Can Hoboken expect to see more money flowing from 'across the border' with Weehawken in the 2017 election cycle?