|New Democrats Rebecca and Cory|
Over the past few days, as I have perused some of the local blog postings and commentary, some individuals have been repeating the fiction that I asked Jerry Green to give me “the line” when I ran for my city council seat last year. Here’s the clarification: I didn’t ask for the line to be given to me.
What I asked for (feeling pretty secure that it would never happen) was his “endorsement” (as chairman) to the 68-member Plainfield Democratic City Committee. The reason I did this was because, back in 2008, when Annie McWilliams won her primary election running off-the-line as a New Democrat, Jerry Green said that if Annie had simply asked him, he would have given her his endorsement--hahaha. So, I figured, I am not going to have anyone say I didn’t ask—this was a running joke with my team leading up to the committee meeting.
I was jokingly suggesting the chairman endorse me because, as I had told him several times, beginning in October 2009, he could save himself the cost of a primary, as I was confident that I would win--Jerry is always complaining about how much money the "New Dems" cost him when his candidates lose--lol.
After I won, I said to him, “I told you that you were wasting your money on that primary, Jerry.” Jerry agreed with me (afterwards, of course--lol), and even came to my headquarters two or three times during the fall to discuss the Pallone campaign and Pallone's "Tea Party" opponent. Since I was now on the “line,” the congressman would need my help in getting out the vote for the fall election. Adrian and Cory and I (and the rest of our team) worked hard to get the vote out among 2nd and 3rd Ward residents, and we all canvassed door-to-door with Linda Carter as well.
Given the way in which Jerry decided to run that primary campaign last year—having his candidate attack my community involvement, my employment, my very livelihood—and having Jerry himself send out a desperate, last-minute mailing filled with absolute lies and a bizarre reference to my sexual orientation, I am hopeful that he learned that folks are interested in issues. I hope his candidates understand that as well.
I had wanted the COMMITTEE to VOTE on the candidate they preferred to run for the election, and I urged the committee to support me. But there was no vote. Jerry simply gave the line to Rashid. CLICK HERE for the blog post I put up last year on this topic. This year, it happened again—there was no “democracy” on the part of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee.
While at the committee meeting last week, I asked if there would be a vote. Jerry said no. Neither of his candidates, Tony Rucker nor Vera Greaves, stood up to say that they would prefer a vote by the committee members on the chairman’s recommendation. They sat there and said nothing, and Jerry gave them the line—they are his candidates.
As an independent candidate, I didn't depend on his money to get me through--I sent out letters requesting donations, and I paid for a lot of stuff myself. I didn’t feel pressured to mitigate my positions to appease him, the mayor, the PMUA, or any other entity. I simply spoke my mind, stated my positions, and I didn’t equivocate on anything. I hope that all candidates running do the same: don’t mitigate their positions to appease Jerry Green, the mayor, the PMUA, or any other entity, and that they simply speak their minds, state their positions, and don’t equivocate on anything--it's easy to state a clear position--on WBLS funds, on recreation, on taxes, on economic development, on crime, on the persistence of incompetent leadership on the part of the mayor, and so forth.
Good luck to everyone who is running.
P.S. Regarding Cory’s 2007 campaign, I was not involved in that campaign—I was not a member of the PDCC at that time. As a matter of fact, I played no role in any campaigns that year. I was in the process of moving, starting a new job, and dealing with the illnesses and deaths of some close friends. I don’t know if there was a vote back then, but I have always maintained that there should be a vote on any candidates who come before the committee—otherwise, what’s the committee for?