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A little past noon today, the fourth Hoboken mayoral candidate finally threw his hat into the ring... on Facebook.
That's one hat, not four. No slate, yet.
No "Mike for Mayor" ELEC report on file yet, either.
The April filing of "Mike DeFusco for Hoboken City Council" reported a closing balance of $88,676.10. That balance plus $250k developers PAC "pledges" leaked to InsiderNJ makes Mayor Zimmer, Karen Nason, and Ron Baptista the cash underdogs in the 2017 race.
The fact that DeFusco announced sans-slate seems to indicate the candidate was not yet ready to announce, but was forced to "shit or get off the pot," by big-money backers. Ruben Ramos appears to have been ready to step into his place.
One can assume that DeFusco has not assembled a slate to his satisfaction nor to the satisfaction of his big-money backers.
He's also failed to push out Karen Nason. Nason is backed by Terry Castellano, who has neither forgiven nor forgotten that DeFusco unseated her in 2015. Karen has also assembled a stellar line-up of campaign staff, including nationally-known pollster Adam Geller.
But, sources say that DeFusco's campaign will have deep pockets from the Hoboken-based development community. His major supporters (ka-ching) are rumored to be developers Dave Barry, Pupie Raia and Greg Dell'Aquila, and Academy Bus's Tedesco family.
Well folks, GA is personally glad DeFusco has finally thrown in. Instead of running a shadow mayoral campaign with no campaign reporting mechanism, he will have to play by the same rules as everyone else in the race.
Here is DeFusco's kick-off video. What do you think?