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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sharon gatecrashes Rivers fundraiser

Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs showed up uninvited at a fundraiser for 4th Ward Councilor Bridget Rivers at Café Vivace on South Avenue Thursday evening.

Robinson-Briggs, never accused of being the brightest bulb in the chandelier, seems to be having trouble negotiating the new lay of the land now that she has chosen to run for re-election without the Democratic Party's blessing.

Not that it has been easy for everyone to make the adjustments arising from the party's designation of Councilor Adrian Mapp, chair of the New Dems political club, as the Democratic standard-bearer in the mayoral primary.

As Mapp and other New Dems are reminding their friends and supporters, Plainfield's Democratic party has drawn together to present a united front in anticipation of the gubernatorial contest in November.

In fact, Plainfield is a bright spot for Democrats, considering the jockeying and backbiting going on in other communities (see today's CLIPS here for stories ranging from East Orange to Jersey City to Asm. Joe Cryan).

The local realignment means that Robinson-Briggs must learn to deal not only without being the 'star' guest at political functions, but with her friends and allies having to decide if they will work with the party organization or break away and rally under her banner. Rivers, who has been friendly with the Mayor in the past, has the party's blessing and is running with Mapp as part of the 'Plainfield team'.

Word has it that Robinson-Briggs' longtime treasurer, Councilor Bill Reid, has told her she will have to find a new treasurer after he files his last report for her (for the quarter ending 3/31/2013). Reid also serves as treasurer of the Plainfield Democratic City Committee and will be continuing in that post.

While Councilor Rivers is running unopposed for the 4th Ward seat, campaigns still incur costs for normal expenses such as printed materials, lawn signs, etc. Those who wish to offer Rivers financial support can make checks payable to 'Committee to Elect Bridget Rivers' and bring along tomorrow or leave at Democratic HQ, 211 West Front Street (next to Dunkin' Donuts).

-- Dan Damon [follow]

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