Last minute BoE Election tactics

4/14/2008 Update:

2006-hoboken-latino-race-baiting-sm.gifIn case you’re wondering, here’s what was sent out in 2006.

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And to remind you what race baiting is: “Race baiting is the term for an act of using racially derisive language, actions or other forms of communication, to anger, intimidate or incite a person or groups of people, or to make those persons behave in ways that are inimical to their personal or group interests. This can also be accomplished by implying that there is an underlying race based motive in the actions of others towards the group baited, where none in fact exists. The term “race” in this context can be construed very broadly to include the social constructs which define race or racial difference, as well as ethnic, religious, gender and economic differences.”

4/14/2008:

latino-votes-hoboken-board-of-ed-sm.jpgIt’s the last 24 hours before an election, and in Hoboken that means smears, misleading statements, and even outright race baiting can reach a fever pitch.

The “Parents for Progressive Education” slate mailed a flier in a plain white envelope only to voters that have Hispanic last names. This flier demonizes every other candidate in the race (including independents Maureen Sullivan and Ron Rosenberg) as “obviously enemies of the Latino Community since none chose to run with a Latino running mate.”

Why send only to Hispanic voters???

The flier is the creation of longtime Hudson County political consultant (and dirty tricks specialist) Anthony Amabile, who apparently assumes that nobody with a Hispanic name in Hoboken could be classified as anything other than a “Latino” voter. A few elections ago there was a rumor that an even more heinous race-baiting flier of Amabile’s made it into the uptown brownstone mailbox of NBC Today Show news anchor Natalie Morales.

Lots of irony in offensive flier

This year’s Latinos-only flier says the opponents of DeFalco/Garcia/Rhodes-Kearns “have been successful in defeating all Latino candidates” in the last two years. The fact is, the “Latino candidates” can only look to themselves for why candidates like Wanda Alicea, Maggie Porrata and Chris Campos lost. They have been accused of “Latinos First” bullet-voting tactics. Their candidates run with a larger team, only to turn around and tell their voters to ONLY vote for the Hispanic candidates to increase the likelihood they will be the top vote getters.

The Italians in town have caught on to this, and the last two years turned around and returned the favor by not voting for Alicea and Porrata, further showing how “tickets” and “slates” mean very little to Hoboken school board voters. Newcomers vote their conscience, and the old school politicians vote their ethnicity and/or for friends and relatives (or against their enemies).

Kids First takes a few liberties, too

The latest Kids First flier is hitting Carmelo Garcia for ethics charges launched against him by former trustee Theresa Burns. Back in 2006 Theresa Minutillo’s campaign literature called the charges against Garcia “Trumped Up” in an effort to curry favor with him. Now that Carmelo is the candidate, the ethics investigation is being used as Exhibit A against him.

Critics have also taken issue with the liberties taken issue with some fuzzy math in this year’s Kids First fliers. For instance, they say Brian Assadourian has a “30 year history in Hoboken” even though he told the Hoboken Reporter he didn’t actually move here until 1998. Apparently playing some Hoboken gigs in a band counts as “history” to the people who wrote the Kids First campaign literature. You can bet that some BnR’s may beg to differ.

The Bottom Line

Be careful what you read in the final hours before an election, and send any “Midnight Fliers” to Hoboken411 so we can shed some light on them!

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41 Comments on "Last minute BoE Election tactics"


matt_72
Member
8 years 4 months ago

And until you stop getting distracted by a fresh coat of paint and some G&T program your kid attends and actually look at the numbers, you will continue to completely excuse the complete incompetence of the school system. Just look at the school budget and compare it to surrounding communities, the state average, national averages, other major cities outside of the region and tell me what you find when you do that. Tell me how Hoboken stacks up vs. its peers. I think you find Hoboken spends the most by far, and is at the bottom of the barrel in terms of results. And that is purely a function of a bloated payroll…..a payroll that you can thank Garcia for.

matt_72
Member
8 years 4 months ago

[quote comment=”81247″]Matt_72
Bully for you and your wonderful school system. Interesting that you didn’t mention its name or city to compare.

Until you get your nose up out of the numbers, get involved, and step into one of the schools, you’ll only view the issues in one dimension. I’ll assume one of the reasons you’re here is the ability to earn a higher salary than anywhere else in the country. Welcome to the club.

Foster
I think the flyer was deplorable. I’m sure they know who wrote it, but weren’t in on it. It’s a NY-Post or Weekly World News-esque outrageous statement. They might be saying “my bad” but moving on. I don’t know. I was embarrassed for them.[/quote]

Check out the DC suburbs and take your pick. All the counties around there outperform Hoboken and spend less money.

JudgeSmails
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JudgeSmails
8 years 4 months ago

OK Skateparkmom, I agree that we should all get involved to improve our schools, but you know exactly who wrote that flyer. Nothing goes out in a campaign without approval of the candidates and ultimately they are accountable.

If any one of them had truly disapproved, why didn’t they speak up at the meeting when they had the chance and denounce the flyer.

In fact, Carmelo came out in support of the flyer in the Hoboken Reporter two weeks ago. What a charming guy.

skateparkmom
Member
skateparkmom
8 years 4 months ago

Matt_72
Bully for you and your wonderful school system. Interesting that you didn’t mention its name or city to compare.

Until you get your nose up out of the numbers, get involved, and step into one of the schools, you’ll only view the issues in one dimension. I’ll assume one of the reasons you’re here is the ability to earn a higher salary than anywhere else in the country. Welcome to the club.

Foster
I think the flyer was deplorable. I’m sure they know who wrote it, but weren’t in on it. It’s a NY-Post or Weekly World News-esque outrageous statement. They might be saying “my bad” but moving on. I don’t know. I was embarrassed for them.

matt_72
Member
8 years 4 months ago
[quote comment=”81189″]matt_72 You have yet to answer my questions but screech louder and insult me because I don’t agree with you. I have lived in NJ most of my life. Recently, I was on the jury who convicted the former mayor of Middletown, NJ for accepting bribes and misuse of public funds. Where is a city in NJ that doesn’t have some level of corruption? It’s always greener on the other side, eh? The only thing I can take away from your rants and whines is that you hate Carmelo Garcia. Maybe you don’t have children. Perhaps you did, but Carmelo ate them. Refresher? I acknowledged your “15 or so solutions” but claimed they had a scorched-earth approach. Methinks you need to brush up on your reading comprehension.[/quote] Firing workers who don’t work, getting rid of cell phones that never should have been issued, transitioning to a county based model that is used in most states to great effect as opposed to the municipal structure is not a “scorched earth” approach. I call that cutting the fat. And to answer your questions – no kids yet in school here and none will be in school here past 3rd grade – never been in any high school anywhere since I graduated – and I was more referring to the 4 or so “moms” that popped up around election day and have disappeared since then, though you clearly seem to not grasp how wasteful the local BOE is And to give you… Read more »
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