As I left off in Part 1, I have no idea how things were done 300 years ago in New Barbados or sixty years ago in Saddle River Township. But I DO question how certain things were done in Saddle Brook in 2015.
We can forget about the last eight years since that is all water under the bridge now. I question how things are being done now only because of what information I was privy to during the “White for Mayor” Campaign; information only the pundits would have any knowledge of.
It was considered by a wide consensus of pundits that Mr. White ran a tight ship with a ‘my way or the highway’ attitude and would only accept what he believed to be helpful information, from a very small number of people. A good example would be that no one, absolutely no one other than White, appreciated Mr. Omar Rodriguez’s input or even appearance at campaign meetings, not even the other two candidates. In many ways I could respect White’s attitude of taking charge, steering his campaign in the direction he believed it should proceed, though I didn’t see the need to be quite so pompous in his demeanor or attitude.
He would remind his two fellow candidates how he was “in charge”, and “they”, in his own words, “would only win on his coat tails”. He insisted that if any resident refused a campaign sign on their lawn because the names ‘D’Arminio or Accomando’ were on that sign, he would simply offer them a campaign sign with just “Robert White For Mayor” displayed. Smart campaigning? Maybe. Arrogant? Most definitely. Surely a move you wouldn’t consider from a “team player”.
He worried about his perceived problem that baggage may be associated with the name ‘D’Arminio’ and the naiveté of Todd Accomando. There is a long history between the D’Arminio’s and Omar, not a particularly healthy one at that either. Legitimate reason’s on the D’Arminio’s part for having distrust for Omar that any fair-minded person would understand and agree. Anyone but White that is. His “winning at all cost” took precedence over any discomfort anyone else was experiencing.
White dangled his carrot (that doesn’t sound so good) in front of Mr. Accomando feeling Todd wouldn’t know any better and would blindly follow his lead. A savvy politician or an obnoxious and manipulating human being? That is up to individual interpretation.
As has been stated to many times to count, I feel White lead me in one direction while having a totally different direction in mind. We disagreed, nothing wrong with that. But purposely misleading, knowing full well he had no intention to follow my recommendation’s, showed me a lack of integrity I was totally blind-sighted by. However, sooner than later, he proved that in other ways as well.
As we all are keenly aware, politicians take care of their own. When not illegal, it is usually understood and accepted. When however, it is done in a way that spits in the face of one to further a politicians political needs and kiss the a$$ of another, it becomes untenable.
Another example would be the mayoral appointment of former Councilman Joseph Setticase as Director of Recreation. When Councilman Setticase was the President of the Democratic Club, he endorsed Joe Scarpa, a Republican, who was running for the Assembly Race in the 38th District. Scrapa was running against Tim Eustace and Joe Lagana in an expensive tightly close race. The Race was not decided until days later. The Democrats were extremely unhappy and the club asked Setticase to step down as president. Now Setticase is persona non grata within the County Democratic Organization yet White goes against the political grain, and his party, and appoints Setticase anyway.
Mr. Lou Verile was commissioner of the Challenger League and worked recreation for many many years. He was also a prominent and helpful member of the White for Mayor Campaign. All those within the campaign believed he was more than entitled, and they assumed White would appoint him as the next director. Setticase being known as ‘No Show Joe’ at council meetings or Bambi for short (Deer in headlights), certainly would not be White’s pick, they assumed. But it didn’t happen that way, did it? Rightfully or wrongfully? I don’t know. Strong leader or disloyalty? Just another cold towel in the face cementing proof of White's lack of loyalty far as I am concerned.
The mayor and police chief vehemently argued with the previous administration, (I know Mr. Cimiluca hates that expression. Sorry), regarding police promotions, yet did a 180 degree turnaround when no one could stop them. Was this turnaround because now the mayor could promote the officer HE wanted while then being against the officer Mayor Chamberlame wanted? Taking charge or being conniving? Your call!
They say there are always three sides to every story: yours, theirs, and the truth. I have learned to go by what I see and not what I have been told.
I have no idea how good or bad politics was 300 years ago. What I do know is they aren’t so pretty now and could sink a ship!