Michael Russo Supports Frank Raia

5/28/2008:

Now, the second in the series on City Council endorsements in the three-way winner-take-all primary for 5th District Hudson County Freeholder. Third ward Councilman Michael Russo has endorsed his on again/off again rival Frank “Pupie” Raia. Last week Hoboken411 offered every Hoboken City Council member the opportunity to send an endorsement letter of up to 250 words in support of the candidate of their choice. Councilman Russo did not respond to that request, but anyone who drives by the Russo Civic Association at 420 Adams Street can tell exactly who he’s supporting.

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This may come as a surprise to anyone who lived through the bruising election for Third Ward council last year, when the HCDO-supported Raia challenged the DFHC-aligned Russo. The race was one of the nastiest in town, and even included some physical altercations. When Raia called himself a “doer,” Russo called him a “taker and a liar.”

Raia countered by calling on the Russos to pay restitution to the City of Hoboken for crimes committed by former Mayor Anthony Russo.

And that is just a look at what the two candidates said publicly. The street campaign and midnight fliers were even worse. Still, at the end of the campaign Raia marched to the Russo Civic Association to congratulate Russo on his victory.

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Now less than a year later Russo has made the surprising decision to support Raia for Freeholder. To those who have only paid attention to Hoboken politics for the past few years this news may seem stunning. Others who have been around longer note the interests of the Raias and Russos have been intertwined for decades. Raia and former Mayor Anthony Russo reportedly met regularly with then-Union City Mayor Rudy Garcia and Secaucus Mayor Dennis Elwell in a group called “The Thursday Night Club.” Raia was also designated developer of the Northwest Redevelopment Zone by Russo, though most of the projects there have been built during the Roberts administration.

Some say Mike Russo is going with Pupie Raia simply because he knows his rival will win the Third Ward handily, and doesn’t want to risk backing a horse that may lose his home turf. Once again, the councilman was offered the opportunity to share 250 words of his thoughts on Raia, but he did not respond.

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31 Comments on "Michael Russo Supports Frank Raia"

Journey
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Journey

[quote comment=”85795″]Phil De Falco presented himself and his running mates as having children in our schools. He did not MEAN our schools.
As far as trust, don’t play me. I put three through the system and the only people who I would vote for are parents who are active in the system as these presented themselves to be. Since my sons are long out and have jobs for several years I went by what I heard and what they said. Never again, and I might run myself, as now I know all their tricks.
As far as you trusting anybody, forget it..I don’t need your trust. I work at my own, and should have checked them out more thoroughly but when you finish with the system it is other things that take up your time and energy.

Have a nice day..and pick on somebody else..[/quote]

I only picked on you because I have been asking you to clarify your position for some time now.

Thank you for explaining how you were mislead.

bri777
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bri777

I will not give Margaret any slack until she calls me a Cleanbag Who Lives In Clean. Until that time she gets no slack, none, nada.

A Dirtbag Who Lives In Dirt

rag246
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rag246

[quote comment=”85796″]Ha intellectually challenged windbag has written three books and is the town historian. You are an idiot that needs a lesson in diplomacy…[/quote]
You need a lesson in getting your point across using facts instead of innuendo.

emarche
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[quote comment=”85796″]Ha intellectually challenged windbag has written three books and is the town historian. You are an idiot that needs a lesson in diplomacy…[/quote]

Writing a book is not a significant accomplishment. Writing a book that is actually read or better yet, sells, is something to take pride in. But the fact remains: writing a book is neither a measure of intellect, nor is it really a significant accomplishment. Sorry.

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