“I hope so” politics

6/9/2009:

campaign-trash-in-hoboken

No committment to clean up their mess

On an evening walk yesterday, I bumped into 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham and council at-large candidate Carol Marsh campaigning on the corner of 11th and Washington (they were impeding the normal flow of pedestrians on the corner, FYI – have some courtesy, please!)

Earlier during my walk – I noticed an astonishing amount of Zimmer campaign fluff cluttering the sidewalks, on people’s property – just all over the place as if a Kinko’s blimp vomited over Hoboken. Disgusting.

So I asked Carol Marsh if they’re going to clean up their mess – win or lose.

The reaction? A laugh, and a “I Hope So.”

Does she also “hope” that the budget is magically fixed, taxes come down and flooding will stop all by itself?

Friends, this is not my idea of a candidate prepared to represent the city – IMO. No matter how mundane the question, a real leader can think on their feet, make commitments and be accountable for anything they promise.

If I were running for council and asked the same question – my answer would have been: “Absolutely – I will ensure that all of our campaign volunteers are seen (in their green t-shirts) on Wednesday – garbage bags in-hand – cleaning up the literature that has unfortunately found it’s way on our streets.” My next plan would be to communicate this message verbally and electronically to all my supporters urging them to clean up. Deflecting politics are for the birds.

(PS – Vimeo has been having issues this week – video may be slow to load – if at all…)

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25 Comments on "“I hope so” politics"

escaped68
Member

As i read this it seems that everyone is under the impression that the term” guido” or my favorite nicky newarks is aimed at a certain ethic group. Since when have douche bags become a enthic group they have been around forever and in 10 years another term will be created to cover this group.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

What’s more demeaning…the term “guido” or the real thing?

(note: video embedded by 411)

escaped68
Member

This is funny and sad at the same time

In response to HansBrix who said:
What’s more demeaning…the term “guido” or the real thing?

(note: video embedded by 411)

truth1
Member
truth1

No. 18 fupa – Most Americans of Italian decent do not use the name ‘guido’ because it is demeaning. Both sides in an election battle have followers who ‘who cross the line’ with unacceptable behavior. We all have to try to use more reason than impulse.

escaped68
Member

The term “guido” is a fairly recent term, we used the term “nicky newarks”. If I recall it wasn’t aimed at italians but at a style of dress and attitude that a certain group of males exhibited, but for the most part they were superfical, does that hold true for the generation?

In response to truth1 who said:
No. 18 fupa – Most Americans of Italian decent do not use the name ‘guido’ because it is demeaning. Both sides in an election battle have followers who ‘who cross the line’ with unacceptable behavior. We all have to try to use more reason than impulse.

Imasucker Bravo
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Imasucker Bravo

Just two observations I’ve made:

1) The litter is no worse than after a Friday or Saturday summer night in Hoboken.

2) I’m willing to bet that at least 90% of the Zimmer volunteers are actually residents from Hoboken. Can you say the same for Team Cammarano? Wait, I take that back. Cammarano didn’t have any volunteers. A volunteer is someone who freely works for a community primarily because they choose to do so, someone who performs a service willingly and without pay.

coloraturasoprano
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coloraturasoprano

What I find really annoying is the phone campaign. I only pick up because I see “unavailable ID” on my phone and wonder if it’s work-related or someone in an emergency, and then I pick up and it’s someone droning to me about elections. I wish the “Do Not Call” list included politicians!

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