SOUTH AMBOY — The Tea Party is throwing its support behind a candidate in the race for Mayor. Environmental activist Vincent Mackiel captured an endorsement from the populist Tea Party movement’s local chapter.
“Vincent Mackiel is the strongest candidate for mayor against Fred
Henry,” said a group statement. Mackiel impressed residents as the runner-up council candidate four years ago and he has experience as a member of the city’s redevelopment agency.
A former case manager at Catholic Charities, Mackiel has exhibited firm
religious beliefs and moral values, according to the organization.
“As far as the Tea Party, I’m just trying to save our homes,” said Mackiel,
who described his own views as more like “green tea” reflecting his concern
for the environment as well as taxes.
“I come from social services, so I think it’s coming down a little hard on
the less fortunate,” said Mackiel. “I don’t embrace the Tea Party or Republican refrain, where they are ready to slash affordable housing.”
“Grassroots activism is as American as apple pie – and the Tea Party recognizes that Vincent Mackiel is the leader in South Amboy who
best embodies that patriotic spirit,” said the group’s statement.
The group will be reaching out to voters urging them to support Mackiel
in the Nov. 2 election, when he will face off for mayor against Henry and two other independent candidates, Mary Connor and John Dragotta, as several others seek election to the city council.
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