Friday, April 28, 2017
InsiderNJ UPDATE: "Sources indicate Soares & Fallick WON'T be the candidates"
Now you see 'em, now you don't.
InsiderNJ sources saying today regarding the DeFusco slate: "nothing is set" and Tony Soares and Cheryl Fallick "won't be the candidates."
Has a non-candidate for mayor ever wobbled like this?
It really behooves any candidate to announce early, to fundraise and get their name out there.
That's what Ruben Ramos did in 2013. Ramos opened up his Vision for Hoboken Committee on February 27, 2013. He'd already picked his at-Large City Council slate: Joe Mindak, Laura Miani and Eduardo Gonzales. And Ramos still believes he would have won, but not for Tim Occhipinti's late entry.
This weird DeFusco campaign is working it backwards.
Their 'announcement' has come as a drip-drip-drip of leaks since October 2016. In the meantime, the prospective candidate has been churning out campaign-style postings on issues beyond the First Ward- even seeming to dump on his own ward to pander to uptown voters (a resolution to offset bulk from 901 Bloomfield to 83 Willow). DeFusco videos and postings criticize the mayor, attack the Zoning Board, make false, incendiary claims like "Hoboken said NO to Shake Shake" to build a constituency outside of the First Ward.
And while Defusco campaigns, surrogates badger his critics, call Phil Murphy and warn him not to come to Zimmer's April 17 fundraiser, badger Karen Nason to get out of the race, telling her she can't win, bragging how much loot DeFusco has raised. And then there was Freeholder Stick Romano, who was threatened he wouldn't get the HCDO line if he didn't clear the field for DeFusco.... from North Bergen.
Yet, no announcement.
The DeFusco campaign juggernaut of North Bergen bosses, statewide political operatives and local developers seems more eager to take on Mayor Zimmer than the candidate.
Well, folks... there is a rumor going around...
...its that DeFusco's backers are shifting their focus on his council slate because they no longer think he can beat Zimmer. But... if they (the 'dark side') can win 2 council seats, they take back the majority from Reform. For the developers and Hudson County bosses, this means Zoning Board appointments, potential contracts.
Which means, (if the rumor is true) DeFusco backers prefer council candidates loyal to their political faction and not 'reformy' types. And they may not have found them yet, which is why they are hedging on the big announcement.
All in all, it's been an unusual political season... featuring a reluctant candidate whose surrogates have been throwing their weight around.