Today, I received a letter from Mike Kasparian about his “candidacy” for Chairman of the BCDO. The format is similar to many letters from the BCDO in the past. It lists all the elected officials whom Joe has “requested” to support his hand-picked candidate. Here is the text:
Dear Democratic Leader,
Since announcing my candidacy for Bergen County Democratic Organization Chairman, I have been overwhelmed by the kind words of encouragement and positive feedback that I have received. Though my candidacy is of short duration, I am humbled by the ample and enthusiastic grassroots support it has garnered so far.
Attached is a list of distinguished elected and party officials who have endorsed my candidacy which includes several State Legislators, a majority of the countywide elected officials and a significant number of municipal party leaders.
I have been a longtime County Committee Member, candidate for the State Assembly and a Democratic fundraiser for local, state and national campaigns. I believe that by working together to implement an aggressive platform of ethical reforms we will unify our party and improve our operations. Change is in the air this week and we must strive to meet President Obama’s challenge as faithful Democrats!
It is my hope that you will join us on Thursday, January 22, 2009 from 5:00 pm- 8:00 pm at the Hackensack Middle School, 360 Union Street, Hackensack and vote in support of my candidacy, thank you.
It is on Mike Kasparian’s letterhead, but is not actually signed by him. I bet this was sent out by the BCDO on his behalf.
I have a few comments on the text of the letter:
1) Substitute the word “coronation” for “candidacy”. That is nearer the mark.
2) What “grassroots” support is he talking about? The letter of folks supporting him reads like a who’s who of Bergen County Pay-To-Play folks. Not only are many counted TWICE, but at least one is INDICTED.
3) Ethics REFORM? Is he kidding? See #2.
4) FAITHFUL was an interesting choice of words to come before Democrat. Substitute the word LOYAL and you get a better picture of the state of the BCDO right now. They are circling the wagons.
5) Obama talked about the creeps that would squash dissent, which is what happens at elections where only one guy is on every damn ballot.
What Obama ACTUALLY said yesterday was this:
To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
By continuing to cancel meetings or use Parliamentary maneuvers to make sure our voices remain unheard at the BCDO, the supporters of Kasparian are not only keeping their fists clenched, they are smashing the very idea of democracy into a thousand pieces with them. How dare they use Obama’s words to make loyalty to the idea of legalized bribery seem not just OK but part of the Democratic platform.
The only really fun part of the letter is WHO is on the list of supporters:
County Executive Dennis McNerney
Sherriff Leo McGuire
District Chair Robert Riccardella
District Chair Ralph Rivera
District Chair Janice Anzevino
District Chair John Susino
District Chair Frank DelVecchio
Democratic State Party Chairman Joe Cryan
State Senator Robert Gordonanointed by Joe
State Senator Paul Sarlo of the Encap debacle, who is also Borough Engineer in Carlstadt
Assemblywoman Joan Voss
Assemblywoman and former Freeholder Connie Wagner
State Committee Members:
Karl Rove, sorry, I meant Lynne Hurwitz wife of Howard Hurwitz, Executive Director of the Northwest Bergen County Utilities Authority
Disgraced indicted alleged forger Elaine Rabbitt
John Susinocounted TWICE as he is a District Chair
Vernon Walton ( he’s counted twice – I guess that’s par for the course)
Next Come folks listed as elected officials, even though some are simply County Committee members:
Allendale – Michael Monaghan
Alpine – Mayor Paul Tomasko
Bergenfield – (this cracked me up – they use the word HONORABLE in front of all the names on the list even the INDICTED ones) – the HONORABLE former Bergenfield Councilwoman Elaine Rabbitt, girlfriend of Keven Clancy who as Director of Veteran Services had to step down as Bergenfield Municipal Chair when WWII Veteran Tim Driscoll’s name was forged on BCDO resignation letters, again another flunkie counted TWICE and an indicted one at that on charges of forgery.
Bogota – Mayor Pat McHale
Cliffside Park – Mayor Gerald Calabrese and his junior, the Councilman
Closter – the HONORABLE Municipal Chairman Jack Kelly who doesn’t allow ANY challengers for County Committee in HIS town.
Cresskill – Borough Administrator Andrew Vaccaro
Demarest – Karen Whritner
Dumont – Irwin Buchheister
Englewood – Councilman Jack Drakeford
East Rutherford – Richard DeLauro
Edgewater – Annamarie O’Connor
Emerson – the HONORABLE Willie Ortiz – heir apparent to the Oury octopus title, who is poster child for Hudson County style Pay-To-Play attorney appointments in places like Hasbrouck Heights (Just ask Carol Skiba…)
Fair Lawn – Barry Winston
Fairview – Paul Juliano
Fort Lee – Catherine Nest
Franklin Lakes – Christine Ordway
Garfield – Joseph Delaney
Glen Rock – Irene Brown
Hackensack – Phylis Diller, sorry, I mean Lynne Hurwitz,chief Joe Ferriero cheerleader and enforcer, wife of Howie who works at a shadow government utilities authority, Bergen County Employee, and also counted TWICE in the list since she is on the State Commitee
Harrington Park – Mary Grillo
Hasbrouck Heights – Alice Vega
Haworth – Peggy Blumenthal
HoHoKus – Dennis Mcnerney again counted TWICE in the list
Leonia – Robert Pacicco
Little Ferry – Mayor Mauro Raguseo
Lodi – Councilman Marc Schrieks
Lyndhhurst – Louis Stellato, Jr.
Mahwah – Todd Sherer
Maywood – Clara Krejsa
Midland Park – Councilwoman Marion Plumley
Montvale – Laurena Marte Organ
New Milford – the HONORABLE Eilleen DeBari – who is currently the subject of a lawsuit in Teaneck for illegally firing poll workers who attemped to enforce THE LAW when the BCDO interefered in NON-PARTISAN municipal elections.
North Arlington – Nick Antonicello
Northvale – Russell Kunz
Norwood – George Hertzberg
Oakland – John Biale
Old Tappan – John Shahdanian
Palisades Park – Mike Pallotta
Paramus – Pete Caminiti
Ramsey – Julie O’Brien – counted TWICE – she is also a Freeholder
Ridgefield – Steve Pellino
Ridgewood – Frank DelVeccio – counted TWICE – since he is also district Chair.
River Edge – Esther Fletcher
Rockleigh – Brendan McAleer
Rutherford – Denise Ross
Saddle Brook – Omar Rodriguez, counted TWICE since he is a State Committee member
Saddle River – Joseph Ariyan
South Hackensack – Janice Anzevino, counted TWICE – she is ALSO a district chair
Teaneck – Yitz Stern
Upper Saddle River – Ronald O’Malley
Waldwick – Laura Litchult
Wallington – Katherine Polten
Washington Township – Jackie Grillo
Wood Ridge – Robert Riccardella, counted TWICE, due to also being a district Chair.
Check back. I will be also adding indicators of WHO on the list has a county job. I found it telling that Corzine is NOT on the list even though his campaign caused a one man race. Wonder if they are too worried about Joe being shipped off to prison right around election time. I’d be. Especially running against the man who got Joe indicted – Chris Christie.