Is it GA's imagination, or has this mayoral election cycle heated up real fast, real early?
We already have one declared candidate filing a subpoena to Cablevision's ISP to identify the creep who libeled her business - accusing her of "breaking the law" by "selling alcohol at her coffee shop." Folks need to chill. Trying to harm someone economically is serious.
(The rat who libeled her business may want to pick up his/her long rat-tail, and scurry over to try and prevent the consequences before it's time to 'lawyer up'.)
Folks, there were plenty of comments directed at Nason this weekend which straddled the libel-line (knowingly false accusations of criminal activity) and you can thank me for deleting them.
You're welcome. Apparently, I missed one.
Look, I am not your babysitter and commenters have to take responsibility to know the difference between fair political discourse and actionable libel. For your edification:
- Insults, okay (example: "Candidate X is a lying sack of shit!").
- Opinion, okay (example: "Candidate X has a lousy record of accomplishment!")
- Hyperbole, okay (example: "Candidate X is dumber than a box of rocks")
- Fair Comment, okay (example: "Candidate X sucks")
- Libel, not okay (example: "Candidate X breaks the law because her coffee shop sells alcohol.") Accusing someone falsely of a committing a crime in print or online is libel.
There are 211 days left until election day... at this rate some of us will combust before we get there.
Speaking of election day...
For a change, Al Sullivan's column was pretty accurate this week. I thought so. GA sees no particular rush for Mayor Zimmer to announce her running-mates. The reason is, unless she departs from her 'brand' we know what we are getting in her 3rd term.
Sullivan suggested Zimmer had only one confirmed running mate. To my knowledge, there are two.
"Monty, who's behind Curtain Number 3?"
The other declared candidate, Karen Nason is holding her first concert-fundraiser on April 19. Nason is a political novice, and will need experienced help to navigate the political process in Hoboken. She's behind the learning curve compared with her challengers, who are elected officials.
Karen, a harsh critic of the Zimmer administration, has put up a website, which she will populate with her platform issues, as time goes on. GA imagines that many voters who agree with her criticism of the Zimmer administration will be attracted to her message. Not me, but hey...
Karen has the RIGHT to run the campaign she wants.
"In Article 38 the Constitution provides, “Every adult citizen has the right, without unreasonable restrictions, to be a candidate for public office…and, if elected, to hold office.” "So all of you f*cking losers harassing her to drop out, leave the woman alone.
Now, as for the rumored third candidate, Councilman Mike DeFusco, GA says he is past due for an announcement.
Sources tell GA that DeFusco has been boasting about the amount of money he's raised, that he's been talking about how "strong" he finished (the April 15 ELEC reporting period).
Well, that is good news for his campaign.
So, it is TIME to file his D-1 to open his mayoral campaign account, then report this windfall on his April 15 R-1. Anybody disagree?
GA doesn't see the big rush for DeFusco to announce his slate, but if he has selected them, there is really no reason not to. It can only help him.
Meanwhile, the strenous HEAT coming from the DeFusco camp to push Karen Nason out of the race is so weird, it has me wondering... what's behind it?
Is the North Bergen crew holding back for a two person race? Is that the impetus behind the bullying online and offline? GA thinks the North Bergen crew is laying low, but they're not out.
Like Al Sullivan wrote, this mayoral election cycle will be "very interesting and complicated."