Once again, Jerry Green has disenfranchised the duly-elected members of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee. As everyone knows, the Plainfield Democratic City Committee members are elected by the 68 Democrats in Plainfield's 34 voting districts to have a voice in choosing the Democrats who will run on the line for the council seats.
At Friday night's meeting, they had neither a voice nor a vote. When I ran 3 years ago, the same thing
happened--no vote was taken to see whether the committee supported the
incumbent, or me, or the other candidate. Green invited the three candidates to make a pitch before the committee, and then he (not the committee) announced HIS choice for council. This time, even more egregiously, Green announced HIS endorsements as a done deal--without a vote by the committee. His candidates then stood before the committee and made little speeches. Of course, they didn't mention the fact that the line had just been given to them without a vote. And then, oddly, as an afterthought, Green invited me to say a few words. I guess this is his version of "democracy"--lol.
As I said during my few minutes, the
committee people can support whomever they'd like during the primary. They can support me, a Democrat. Keep in mind, though, that Jerry Green and his ilk will try to paint me as something other than what I am--that's their stock-in-trade.
Green always tries to suggest that anyone who does not adhere to his "party line" is not a real Democrat. I will
remind folks that a few years back, Jerry Green chose to
support Hillary Clinton over Barack Obama for president. Also, when the late Frank Lautenberg had the RDO
line for his Senate re-election, Jerry Green supported Rob Andrews,and
worked on his behalf through that endorsement. Andrews, who has been so deeply mired in an ethics scandal that he decided to resign from Congress, lost that primary battle.
So, what's good for the goose is apparently not good for the gander! Green can support Hillary Clinton and not Barack Obama, and he can support Rob Andrews and not Frank Lautenberg, and yet he still attempts to paint anyone who doesn't fall in line with his iron will as not being a Democrat.
It's interesting that last year, when Jerry Green
asked the committee members (here and in the other municipalities in our county) for their votes to make him Union County chairman, he was counting votes--he made sure he had their support. I guess votes counted then!
But when it comes to the local council races, the committee is
voiceless and, thus, powerless. Now, I am not "whining" because I didn't get the line--I didn't run on the line the last time, and I was successful. What concerns me is that the duly-elected Democrats were disenfranchised and didn't have the chance to vote for the candidates of THEIR choice. Maybe I would have gotten some votes, maybe not--we will never know. Further, Green then has the TEMERITY to expect them to work for candidates that they have had no role in choosing. That is the height of arrogance!
Again, Democratic committee
members can support whomever they'd like during a primary, and I hope
they will look at my record as a strong and progressive Democrat who has
served as their advocate during my time on the council and who has consistently focused on honest, ethical, transparent leadership. I don't owe anyone anything, and I have remained independent, just as I said I would 3 years ago.
That said, I am thankful for the support of those committee members who have pledged to work on my campaign. I am the best candidate for the 2nd and 3rd Ward At-large, and I will be continuing to demonstrate that during this campaign season.