|GA's OPINION: Liebler v Hoboken City, Mayor Zimmer, et. al is a taxpayer-subsidized email witch hunt to nail "Stawn"|
Once upon a time, local political activist David Liebler OPRAed Hoboken City's legal expenses for years 2008-2011, did his own year-by-year analysis on spreadsheets, and his uncontested findings were reported city-wide on the cover of the print edition on the Hoboken Reporter.
That was then.
Liebler's PR campaign against the city's legal expenditures included appearances at Hoboken City Council.
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Thus, Liebler fashioned a public personna as a fiscal watchdog for the Hoboken taxpayer; the city's legal expenditures are undoubtedly a matter of public interest and public concern.
Hence, there is no doubt that any court would find Liebler is a public figure for his commentary on matters of the City's legal expenditures.
But, after his successful foray as a fiscal watchdog, his public personna took a loud, partisan turn.
Liebler has waged a public war as a strident critic of Mayor Zimmer with political cartoons, online commentary, and appearances at public meetings where he has demonstrated disorderly, disruptive behavior- including refusing the orders of the Chairperson/President of the governing board at the HHA and the City Council (the subject of his lawsuit).
|HHA meeting: Chairwoman Wefer asks Liebler to cede the floor when his time is up- Liebler refuses.|
GA's observation of Liebler's public commentary over the years, is that he has morphed from the public posture of Hoboken fiscal watchdog to partisan attack dog.
One has to simply look at his output of political cartoons, as a catalog of his years-long obsession with Stan Grossbard, husband of Mayor Zimmer. Liebler's cartoons and internet postings express his belief that Stan is running the Mayor's office; I believe he authored the nickname "Stawn."
Sure, Liebler's cartoons are fair comment, and protected free speech.
But in GA's view, his cartoons and writings convey a personal hatred, malice toward "Stawn" and no longer advocate for or against public policy or fiscal responsibility. Liebler seems obsessed with unmasking Mayor Zimmer as a fraud with her unelected husband pulling the strings. (Every professional woman out there 'gets' how offensive that is) Liebler's satire goes beyond her role in government, it burrows into her resume to mock her work as a photographer, suggesting she is a blank slate- a nothing.
His internet postings say it all: Liebler angrily calls Grossbard "blood diamond boy," an anti-Semitic reference to Jewish diamond dealers, and "bitch."
It is not rocket science, people.
Anyone can draw a straight line from Liebler's satirical conclusions that "Stawn" exists to seeking proof that "Stawn" exists via David Liebler v City of Hoboken.
Liebler's lawsuit is an email witch hunt and a money-grab. The fiscal watchdog of yesteryear is a memory. That is my OPINION.
This is a fraction of the public domain evidence of Liebler's "Stawn" obsession; his satirical conclusions that Stan Grossbard ("blood diamond boy") is running Hoboken.
I am no lawyer, but I played one for 17 months. Though Stan is a public figure, defamation law says that Liebler is not allowed to make shit up. In my layperson's opinion, the trail Liebler has left in cyberspace would meet the "actual malice" standard of defamation of a public figure.
As a Hoboken taxpayer, I urge the City not to cave to a single demand and FIGHT this to the end. If the City does not, you might as well put a revolving door on City Hall's Legal Department.
Hoboken: do NOT give Liebler ONE PENNY.
One last thing, Liebler's oft-repeated allegation that the Mayor "employs" websites is false, and an effort to discredit my political discourse. my First Amendment protected speech..