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Friday, April 8, 2011

Jerry's picks for June primary election


Spared the horrors of a democratic vote.
Plainfield Democratic City Committee chairperson Assemblyman Jerry Green, acting as a trustee of the Union County Democratic Committee, picked two candidates for the Regular Democratic Organization (RDO) line in the June primary election. The committee played no role in deciding.

Thankfully, this form of leadership-by-a-single-person spares Plainfield Democrats from the horrors of democratic centralism, a totally un-American method by which committee members would actually vote for a candidate and then be bound by the group's decision.

The Chairman's picks --

  • Wards 1/4 at-large: Vera Greaves, appointed to the seat vacated by Freeholder Linda Carter

  • Ward 2: Tony Rucker
Ward 2 hopeful Danielle Bush was turned away with the analysis that 'there is more she needs to know'.

Delois (Dee) Dameron pitched herself as a candidate for the Wards 1/4 at-large seat. Green only noted that Dameron had not come to him in advance of the meeting and then gave Greaves the nod.

Dameron and Ward 2 incumbent Cory Storch, who said he was not asking for the RDO line, will run as Democrats on the New Dem line.


PS: Committee meetings are sort of like a family gathering, and it was especially nice to see Joe Gutenkauf there last night!


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15 comments:

Bob said...

Thanks for the post. Now I know who not to vote for. Thank you Jerry. I wouldn't vote for anyone your suggest as I'm voting you out this election. Enjoy your many homes, expensive cars, and other wealth you've accumulated as a part-time public employee.

Rob said...

Oh Thank God..Vera Greaves...I was so worried the Mayor and Jerry would lose a lap dog in this election cycle.
Whew...

Anonymous said...

I am so tired, tired, tired. I wish I could sell my house and move away from this turmoil!!

Anonymous said...

Alas, I will not vote for Tony Rucker. I thought he would bring a new perspective, but I'm afraid he will be beholden to Jerry and continue the self-serving behavior that's become standard for Plainfield politicians. In fact, I don't think I'll vote at all, because I'm from Ward 2 and Mr. Storch has been a dismal failure.So I really have no good choices. I'm going to try to sell my house and move to a better community.

Anonymous said...

8:13 AM - - Please, don't move!That's exactly what these inefficient people want those of us who care and want things done correctly.

They want us to just shut up and walk away, leaving them in control of everything leaving the majority to keep voting for in their favor.

That's why this City went in the hole after the riots and it hasn't seen the light of day since. Self serving greed-ridden hate mongers doing in their own people.

Anonymous said...

Anon @ 9:55 AM - He does bring a new perspective. I would only ask that you listen to his ideas, his vision for the City, and then form an opinion. If you are worried about him being beholden to Jerry, or anyone else for that matter, ask him. Demand to know what he would do. At least give the guy a chance.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes there is also less than meets the eye. I hear Rucker's been reaching out to many individuals who are hardly 'Friends of Jerry'. Hopefully we can get a debate on the issues and see for ourselves. In this instance Jerry may just care more for his dislike of Storch than for his need to control votes.

And goooooo Dee! You are the vote number five.

Bill Michelson said...

I'm the Republican candidate for the 2nd Ward City Council seat in November. You can vote for me instead, or contact me at Lwyrplannr@aol.com. But until I see whether it is Tony or Cory against whom I will be running, I can just sit back for a while.

William H. Michelson, Esq.

Dwayne said...

Well -

The only comment I would make is vote for the man/woman based on their own merits and character.

Tony Rucker announced last month that he was running, before anyone came to him expressing support.

Tony Rucker also ran against Cory in 2007, losing by 157 votes.

Tony Rucker also ran as an independent, against Cory Storch who ran ON THE LINE in the last election.

This candidate is his own man.

Regardless of how you feel about Jerry Green, talk to the man (Rucker), then make your call if you so choose.

I've talked to him and...

I'M WITH TONY!

Dwayne said...

Well -

The only comment I would make is vote for the man/woman based on their own merits and character.

Tony Rucker announced last month that he was running, before anyone came to him expressing support.

Tony Rucker also ran against Cory in 2007, losing by 157 votes.

Tony Rucker also ran as an independent, against Cory Storch who ran ON THE LINE in the last election.

This candidate is his own man.

Regardless of how you feel about Jerry Green, talk to the man (Rucker), then make your call if you so choose.

I've talked to him and...

I'M WITH TONY!

Anonymous said...

Can candidates say no thanks? If so, I recommend that someone tell Rucker that he should because I was thinking about voting for him but now I definitely won't. Even if he doesn't want to...he owes Jerry now and that does not bode well for any of us.

Well maybe if he publicly declares to Jerry (in his blog perhaps) that he will be an independent thinker, but that may make Jerry change his mind.

Oh well, Cory Storch it is.

Anonymous said...

Rucker should have run on his own. By running as Jerry Green's candidate he has shown he will accept Green's money, money that Green gets from the lawyers, engineering firms and contractors, its called pay to play. How can he say he is his own man when he is accepting this money off the backs of us?

Looks like he would rather ruin his reputation by being associated with Green. If he only lost by 157 last time he could have won this time. What did he need the line for?

Anonymous said...

Anon @1:19 - I agree. Let's wait and see what he does.

Best of luck to DEE!!! Five is a wonderful number!!

Anonymous said...

Word has it that Rucker is not accepting any campaign funds from Jerry, and will have a seperate headquarters.

My understanding is he told Jerry he will be his own man, even if he got the line. This means he will vote for what he thinks is right -- and will not vote the "party line."

Anonymous said...

Word has it is wrong. Green is funneling money through other sources to this campaign the way all politicians do. Jerry isnt fooling anybody and Rucker will find it hard to act like he isnt Jerry's candidate.