Frank Raia also wants to be Mayor

9/16/2009:

Deja Vu all over again…

Frank Raia runs again

They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Though Frank “Pupie” Raia is certainly not insane he sure seems to be a glutton for punishment. Frank is a good guy who throws a great party, but he’s also a longtime political player and real estate developer/wheeler dealer better known for helping others win elections than he is for winning himself. Frank can be a kingmaker – like when he pushed Dawn Zimmer over Chris Campos in the fourth ward race in 2007 – but he has yet to be King.

“This town is way out of whack”

frank-raia-runs-for-hoboken-mayor-in-2009-againThose were Pupie’s words after Hoboken voted him off the Board of Education last April. He lost to all three members of the Kids First ticket. Pupie’s closest friends and associates point to that race and ask how he thinks he can win this winner-take-all Mayoral contest at a time of year when more – not fewer – newcomers will vote. Here’s how Raia has faired in recent elections:

2003 Board of Ed: Won seat with 2,028 votes
2005 Mayoral: Lost, failed to make runoff with 2,004 votes
2006 Board of Ed: Re-elected with 1,628 votes
2007 3rd Ward Council: Lost with 626 votes
2008 Freeholder Primary: Lost with 1,704 votes in Hoboken
2009 Board of Ed: Lost seat with 2,373 votes

What’s the point here? Well, for one Raia can usually count on pulling in an average of around 2000 votes in city-wide races, which is not enough to win the Mayor’s seat. Both Dawn Zimmer and Beth Mason have proven they can win more votes than Raia ever has. While Pupie’s support for Peter Cammarano helped put him over the top in both May and June, Raia has never shown that he can build a coalition of voters to put him over the top for anything more than weakly contested school board seats in 2003 and 2006. When faced with real competition, Raia lost in 2009.

So what is Frank really doing here?

Since very few people think Raia can win what is it he’s doing here? The hard-core conspiracy theorists say he is in the race to help Dawn Zimmer beat Beth Mason. As the theory goes Frank would take some of the anti-Zimmer votes that went to Cammarano last time, and could be won by Mason this time if not for Raia’s entrance into the race. I don’t really buy that because Raia could just as easily help Zimmer the same way he helped Cammarano and Roberts: by working his voters to support the candidate of his choice.

Remember, Zimmer endorsed Raia over Ines Garcia-Keim in the Freeholder race and Frank was seen on YouTube escorting Zimmer around the HHA and bragging about what his money could buy.

What does Frank want?

He wants to be Mayor, but barring that he may be looking for someone to make a deal with him for the other things he wants such as:

  • Support for another run for Board of Ed
  • Support for another run for Freeholder
  • Reappointment to the North Hudson Sewerage Authority board as a Hoboken representative (he now serves as a Weehawken rep on the board)
  • Consideration for any development projects he is planning in town

Raia still owns developable properties in Hoboken, including the “Mercury Site” and properties in the Northwest Redevelopment Zone as a partner with Ursa/Tarragon.

Pupie turned in his petitions to run a day early. The question now is whether his name will be on the ballot in November, or he steps aside to support one of the other candidates. A lot may depend on how many people actually file to run today by the 4pm deadline.

There are many shoes yet to drop before the ballot positions are picked, setting the election players in stone.

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50 Comments on "Frank Raia also wants to be Mayor"

professor pinetop
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professor pinetop

palin was a good mayor? matt, whatever you’re on, i want two…

BarbaraR56
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BarbaraR56

Frank “Pupie” Raia has served the City in various capacities. He has the right to run, but please if he doesn’t win, no more deals for development. We are overdeveloped, over-taxed and simply do not have anymore space to be developed. I hope the new mayor whoever he/she might be will try and get some semblance. It appears to be the last chapter in the saga of the “Jersey Mob”. Hoboken has been in the headlines for 12 years, we appear to be the laughingstock of the nation, and maybe with this new election a person not known for his/her political supporters will get the chance to start over.

keenobserver
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keenobserver
Agree completely with krewedetat’s comment on Rose Markle’s opposition to widening the net to get the best possible school superintendent candidate. Extremely short-sighted on Markle’s part; maybe she’ll think it through and come to her senses. And a big black eye for Markle — this was the first time Kids First lost a vote because one of their members switched to the machine. Shame it was on something as important as picking the permanent superintendent. Also agree with realstuff on how we need a real, honest search for a super this time, not another School Boards Assn farce like last time. But from last Tuesday’s meeting, it looks like we might get another farce. The representative from the School Boards Assn was very uninspiring–not someone we can count on to conduct a competent search. What’s more, why is the board even talking about running ads at this early date (Markle had voted against a NY Times ad but the board was going ahead with Ledger ads)? We have an excellent acting super who will be here until July 1. There hasn’t been any public forums in the community to debate what we want in a super (as we had last time). Plus, with an election in April that could swing the 5-4 board back to the machine, no decent candidate is going to take the job until he or she is sure Kids First will stay in control. Dawn has the same problem at city hall–the best director candidates want… Read more »
oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

And, by the way, it was Mason’s decision NOT to support Kids’ First that was among the reasons I did not vote for her in the mayoral election.

And Raia’s performance on the BoE is a reason that I will not vote for him as mayor (thanks to the Hola debacle).

realstuff
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realstuff

Mason not backing Kids’ First and her association with Russo hurt her with a good % of her core supporters who bolted to Zimmer. However, many who remained in her camp did support Kids’. Zimmer now has control of the council and Kids’ first is running the Bd of Ed. Perhaps, a proper check and balance would be to consider someone not in the Zimmer camp for Mayor? Dawn would still be on the council.

In response to oceanbloo who said:
And, by the way, it was Mason’s decision NOT to support Kids’ First that was among the reasons I did not vote for her in the mayoral election.

And Raia’s performance on the BoE is a reason that I will not vote for him as mayor (thanks to the Hola debacle).

matt_72
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Proper check? Check against what? Check against people who won’t pass out promotions, jobs and raises like party favors? Check against people who won’t sell out the city to a developer who wants to put up high rises? Check against people who won’t mortgage off city assets to fund operating expenses? No thanks, I don’t want a “check” against them. I’ll trust their conscience and judgement and let them “check” themselves.

In response to realstuff who said:
Mason not backing Kids’ First and her association with Russo hurt her with a good % of her core supporters who bolted to Zimmer. However, many who remained in her camp did support Kids’. Zimmer now has control of the council and Kids’ first is running the Bd of Ed. Perhaps, a proper check and balance would be to consider someone not in the Zimmer camp for Mayor? Dawn would still be on the council.

oceanbloo
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oceanbloo

Exactly.

In response to matt_72 who said:
Proper check? Check against what? Check against people who won’t pass out promotions, jobs and raises like party favors? Check against people who won’t sell out the city to a developer who wants to put up high rises? Check against people who won’t mortgage off city assets to fund operating expenses? No thanks, I don’t want a “check” against them. I’ll trust their conscience and judgement and let them “check” themselves.

homeworld
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If he wants to be mayor, why doesn’t he start first with maintaining his lot at 8th and Clinton? The weeds are 2′ high and make the sidewalk impassible.

eye4neye
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eye4neye

Do you need a job?

In response to homeworld who said:
If he wants to be mayor, why doesn’t he start first with maintaining his lot at 8th and Clinton? The weeds are 2′ high and make the sidewalk impassible.

homeworld
Member

No, but I’d like to be able to walk on that side of the street.

In response to eye4neye who said:
Do you need a job?

eye4neye
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eye4neye

his property is not located on 8th and clinton,so know your facts bro………..

In response to homeworld who said:
No, but I’d like to be able to walk on that side of the street.

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