I haven’t written anything lately mostly because I have already written it. Why should I bother to say what has already been said of these candidates countless times before. All you have to do is type HALKO or RODRIGEUZ into the blog search box and you’ll find five years’ worth of stupidity, unprofessionalism, and childish behavior, with both men having a narcissistic personality disorder relationship with their counterparts and the public.
There is not too much more that can be said. You love’em or you hate’em. About the only thing that is at all interesting about this coming election is what it says about the two political parties, how weak they really are, and how that may affect the township.
The mayor didn’t get his first pick the node with his Democratic Party because he was not worthy of consideration in spite of the head of the party, the mayor, insisting on him. But it wasn’t a total loss since the mayor’s right-hand man, Omar Rodriguez, was considering himself the next viable candidate. Being the County Committee Chairman, Rodriguez was able to nominate and vote himself a candidate.
This of course was not taken lightly with the rest of the party. Incumbent candidates Council President Joseph Camilleri and Councilwoman Florence Mazzer, I’m sure, will decide to play Mission Impossible politics and disavow any knowledge of Rodriguez’s actions. So much so that you very well may notice that Rodriguez’s lawn signs will just have his name on them and Camilleri and Mazzer’s lawn signs will be absent of the name Rodriguez. A fractured party. A red flag from the get-go!
On the other side of the fulcrum is a has-been and a never-be. Just as weak as the Democratic party, the Republican party is equally powerless to find new blood, or more to the point, intelligence, to strengthen their party. The only helpful sign I see from putting Mr. Anthony Halko on their ticket, is that he does have experience. And to somehow balance the council, you do need another republican on the council besides Mr. Cimiluca. As Halko has proved many times in the past, he is adequate to follow Cimiluca’s lead. And if nothing else, his experience is helpful in recognizing the same mistake every time he makes it!
And lastly the republicans offer up Mr. Phil Sergio. WHO? A nice man people say but just a placeholder for a seat they couldn’t otherwise fill.
This is not going to be a particularly interesting election season. Mr. Halko and Mr. Rodriguez will remind you of all the good things they did for you before the last time they were voted out of office. Mr. Camilleri and Ms. Mazzer will remind you of all the good things they did for you while still in office. Mr. Phil Sergio is a nice guy.
If you find yourself with the strange feeling of Déjà vu don’t worry, you're not alone.