Moms for Zimmer “return fire”
Funny how political minds work in this town, especially the newbies. I get a note from one mom who wants to bring my attention to an endorsement by another mom – and the Zimmer machine goes into full-on “attack and respond” mode.
Rachel Goldberg’s endorsement of Peter Cammarano was significant for a number of reasons, including the very high profile she had while working for Dawn Zimmer ‘07 and Kids First. Rachel’s name even comes up in Dawn’s voter fraud deposition, which should be required reading for the undecided voter.
Rachel is also significant because she represents someone the most strident Zimmer supporters claim doesn’t exist. She’s a young mother living downtown who follows Hoboken issues with an eye toward reform but doesn’t fall in line with the Michael Lenz view of the world.
So, in reaction to an endorsement from two moms, a Zimmer supporter has written a letter and gotten 60 moms to sign on to it. It’s designed to be a “show of force” for Dawn and an “in your face” to Rachel.
Upon closer scrutiny…
Though each of the moms is a force to be reckoned with in their own right, none of them represents what Dawn Zimmer desperately needs to have a shot at winning: new blood.
From my read of the list all the moms were already on board with Zimmer in May, so it’s not exactly “breaking news” they are with her again in June. Frankly, if they wanted the list to be more impressive they would have avoided super-obvious people like Stacy Mello (candidate Dave’s wife) and Bindya Bhalla (candidate Ravi’s wife). Icy-veined Jen Cunningham (oops, did I just write that?) is Councilman Peter’s wife. She’s the one who sent out a blistering mass e-mail in the final days of the campaign calling Beth Mason “The Darth Vader of Hoboken” who had sunk “to the lowest of lows” and gone to “The Dark Side”. Way to keep things classy Jen.
They also could have avoided including elected officials like school board members Theresa Minutillo, Ruth McAllister and Rose Marie Markle, all of who have been on the record for Zimmer for quite a while.
What’s the point?
The race between Zimmer and Cammarano is not a race for their base because they each got about the same amount of votes the first time around. (3755 for Cammarano and 3671 for Zimmer) – It’s a race for the 3188 people who voted for the four Mayoral candidates who didn’t make the runoff. It’s also a race against apathy, since more than half of the registered voters in Hoboken didn’t even bother to vote in May, and are even less likely to show up in June. That said, here’s the letter from the 60 Moms:
I will also again note like I did previously – that the Zimmer campaign has decided not to engage the audience of Hoboken411 in their runoff campaign (and only “selectively” chose what they felt like sending – and when- in the past) – so that’s on them. They inquired about purchasing runoff advertising and sending releases. But never followed through. In addition, they’ve been extremely rude and unprofessional with 411. If they expect me to act as their “personal” media outlet – they have another thing coming. I am controlled by no one.
Lastly – when I asked multiple times for reader endorsements for Zimmer – didn’t get one – although I got many endorsements for each and every other candidate. I chose not to publish any of them until after the runoff. I gave them all a chance, and the Zimmer supporters chose not to take it.
You might need to be reminded – that Hoboken411 is not a political website, and the fact that more than half the voters in this town didn’t bother to show up is proof that to a lot of people find this stuff very boring. For the rest of you, have at it.