4th Ward Politics – or is it?
I really hope there’s a firm (and legal) winner in this Tuesday’s 4th ward “thrice” over election. I can now totally understand why many people get turned off by corrupt Hudson County politics. Because there’s a lot of NOTHING going on.
I remember politics being about *the issues*, and not about who said what, who fraudulently did this, did that, who’s backing who, where did your money come from, blah, blah blah. Even on a national level, the fluffy politicians still seem to be talking about their “platforms” or their stance on the world today. Here in Hoboken, it seems to have been dragged down to the muddy and murky lowest level imaginable. And who loses? The residents.
4th Ward resident, I’m not. But the past few weeks have been stressful even for me, Mr. Uptown Resident. I see smear campaigns, questionable voter registration tactics, and pretty much the whole bag of “suspicious” actions and accusations taking place. But where are the “issues”?
I know poor Dawn Zimmer has tried to bring the issues to light, but the dark cloud of Hudson County politics has taken center stage. Like why wasn’t there a DEBATE between the two candidates? Whoa, wouldn’t that have been a great idea? And for the record, why have you been “in the shadows” Mr. Campos? What do you stand for? Your website doesn’t say much. I’d love to hear more.. for real. I would. The frustrating thing is that during Dawn’s brief tenure as 4th Ward Councilwoman, Campos was off-radar. Only until this “challenge” made Dawn rescind her council seat for the benefit of over 100 voters who’d be tortured in court has he now become visible. Was there illegal voting tactics being used by BOTH sides? I don’t know. Maybe. Maybe not.
Is there a difference between “supporting an idea” and “coming up with solutions”? There’s a difference between “naming a park after someone” and really managing a ward in a city. While it’s warm and fuzzy, it’s not a real “accomplishment”.
The stress has hit me from both sides. I have received emails blasting me from both Zimmer and Campos supporters about what is going on here on Hoboken411.
I run an open forum, believe it or not. I don’t “pick” the sides nor do I “assign” an equal number of supporters for both sides. Ideally, that would be great to have an even debate about the issues, and the candidates themselves, but this has turned disgusting in my opinion. I cannot control who uses this website (in terms of voter demographics). I can tell you for certain that there are more Zimmer supporters on here than Campos. Is that the “perfect debate world”? No. Is that my doing? No.
Some have even accused me of “allowing” one thing or another. Way off base. I invite anyone down to spend a day (24 hrs) with me to see what I do, what I read, and how this site is run. Do I follow the “4th Ward Race” thread like the ardent supporters of any candidate? Hell no. No way I can. I’m running this whole “Hoboken” website, and it’s not called “Hoboken4thWard.com”, is it?
But this site is NOT owned by Zimmer or any other politician. And I’d appreciate it if the pro-Zimmer folks would at least give the opportunity to Campos supporters to have their “word” regardless if you agree with it or not. That is what debate is all about. If the Campos supporters are not talking about “the issues”, well then that is their fault. If it results in mudslinging and smear tactics, then it just becomes an ugly mess no one gives 2 cents about.
In a dream world, I’d love to see a healthy discussion about what each candidates platforms are, what their differences are, and so on.
Perhaps, for the next 32 hours, I’d like to see a BONAFIDE comparison between the candidates, regardless of this smear-crap that has been going on. Talk PURELY about what each candidate stands for, what their accomplishments have been (if any.. not just “I voted for”), etc. Does anyone understand what I’m talking about?
Frankly, I cannot wait for this election to be over.