The political artist out of nowhere!
What a con!
Hoboken411 reader Halley spotted this beatnik by the PATH station last week claiming to be part of some mystery group of artists supporting a particular candidate.
This is an obviously made up organization with BS info designed to draw the bogus appearance that this politically connected attorney has any support from artists. This was probably set up as a lame attempt to counter not only the candidacy of Tom Vincent (who is part of the arts and music scene), but Beth Mason, who has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Hoboken. Dawn Zimmer also set up micro-blogs to make it appear like she has support from specific groups (renters and moms), but unlike Cammarano, she doesn’t try to hide that these blogs are connected to her campaign.
I can only imagine the Craigslist ad for this job: “Hippie Look-Alike Actor needed to portray politically involved artist – 2 week gig”
Halley describes the interaction:
The Lone Artist!
“…who says he’s a guitar player that’s lived in Hoboken for one year – yeah, this is legit.
I got into it with this long-haired “hippie cum artist” standing outside the Path handing out cards and saying out loud, “Artists for Cammarano.”
Actual artists I’ve talked to in Hoboken are pretty disgusted and would like to know which artists specifically are backing Cammarano, of course knowing it’s all a sham but ticked off that Cammarano’s making them look bad. When I asked the kid how many artists were in this “grassroots organization” he couldn’t tell me and kept prompting me to check out the website. I asked him if he was being paid, he said no. I asked him who paid for the cards, he said artistsforcammarano, but there’s no info on the site who this organization is or how the cards were paid for. When I questioned the kid on why he’s for Cammarano he couldn’t give me specifics. He said, “Y’know, he’s just really cool. He’s against development, and like he has fundraisers out of his house to like help others.” When I pressed him on development specifics he said he just read stuff. I asked him if he believes everything he reads. He got defensive and said, Isn’t it weird that a group of 20 year old can get together and actually make something happen? Y’know, 20 year olds who don’t own condos? (implying that I’m not in my 20s). I told him it sounds like he needs to be educated.
Then he badgered me for standing around for 10 minutes watching him, “What’s up with that…it’s kind of weird that you’re just like standing here like watching me.” I said, “Isn’t it great that yknow, a 30-something can just stand here with nothing else to do but watch you and hang out?”