Moms for Zimmer “return fire”

5/29/2009:

Mommy Mayhem

mommy-mayhem-in-hobokenFunny 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?

political-moms-in-hobokenThe 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:

LETTER FROM HOBOKEN 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.

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19 Comments on "Moms for Zimmer “return fire”"

truth1
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truth1

Email everyone to look at the Mayoral debate…can help one decide who is the best choice to lead Hoboken.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

The email address is actually PeterJen@—–.net

I won’t post the actual addy in case a spambot picks it up. Wouldn’t want them to be inundated by unsolicited Real Estate listing spam. (LOL)

bunbury
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bunbury

I can’t believe that this has turned into a running commentary about Jen Cunningham…
I guess it’s okay for you all to comment about her in a public blog but not okay for her to send out her personal political opinion to her own email list.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

It’s not quite that simple bunbury. When Jen sends an e-mail out bashing someone she does it in her elected official husband’s name as well. This is what a header looks like from a message from Jen:

From: Peter & Jen Cunningham

People attempting to contact their councilman at this address may instead be answered by his wife. What she sends out on their shared e-mail reflects on them both.

In response to bunbury who said:
I can’t believe that this has turned into a running commentary about Jen Cunningham…
I guess it’s okay for you all to comment about her in a public blog but not okay for her to send out her personal political opinion to her own email list.

jman01
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jman01

I took 411’s comments to mean that he’s not a site dedicated to politics. It’s a community site, so it has a little of everything and politics is only one aspect. Sure, the political articles increase during election season, but for many people, our apathetic voters, they are visiting this site for the non-political articles.

Something like Politicker NJ is all politics, all the time – that’s called a political site.

Colin
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I see what you are saying and I totally understand its not all about politics, that is just part of it.

Just thought it was funny that when reading a political article to see that statement towards the end. I was like, “Huh?”

It’s all good

In response to jman01 who said:
I took 411’s comments to mean that he’s not a site dedicated to politics. It’s a community site, so it has a little of everything and politics is only one aspect. Sure, the political articles increase during election season, but for many people, our apathetic voters, they are visiting this site for the non-political articles.

Something like Politicker NJ is all politics, all the time – that’s called a political site.

Colin
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And “Icy-veined Jen Cunningham”? Really?? Definitely not my experience with her or Peter.

Watchmaker
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Watchmaker

Oh yes baby! Jen is the tough one in that family. 😀

In response to Colin who said:
And “Icy-veined Jen Cunningham”? Really?? Definitely not my experience with her or Peter.

Red Haven
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Red Haven

That’s for sure. Jen wears the pants in that family while Peter wears the turtleneck. 😉

Sure, she’s all smiles when she’s trying to sell you a million dollar brownstone, but you haven’t been given the stinkeye until you’ve gotten it from Jen Cunningham. 😛

In response to Watchmaker who said:
Oh yes baby! Jen is the tough one in that family. 😀

jman01
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jman01

Colin-

Curious, did you receive the “Darth Vader” e-mail?

In response to Colin who said:
And “Icy-veined Jen Cunningham”? Really?? Definitely not my experience with her or Peter.

hoboken333
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hoboken333

I for one refuse to condemn anyone who utilizes a Star Wars reference.

I’ve met Jen many times… she is far from icy-veined. Lets face it, an email does not sum up an entire person. Neither do blogs.

Thank God.

In response to jman01 who said:
Colin-

Curious, did you receive the “Darth Vader” e-mail?

tubes
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tubes

I agree! All Star Wars references are welcome.

Remember that in the end, Vader made the right choice & redeemed himself. So in way, to be compared to Vader could be seen as a compliment. 🙂

In response to hoboken333 who said:
I for one refuse to condemn anyone who utilizes a Star Wars reference.

I’ve met Jen many times… she is far from icy-veined. Lets face it, an email does not sum up an entire person. Neither do blogs.

Thank God.

Colin
Member

No I did not.

In response to jman01 who said:
Colin-

Curious, did you receive the “Darth Vader” e-mail?

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