OPINION: It Sure Does Get Confusing

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Although Perth Amboy has non-partisan municipal elections, our candidates for the most part still register as belonging to a party. Usually we ally ourselves with the party that has a philosophy and candidates that we can identify with. No one can argue that we all have that right and that decision should be respected even if we disagree over which party.

In Perth Amboy, we have politicians who have changed parties, either through evolving beliefs or perhaps through political expedience. The fact is we don’t have to tell anyone who we actually vote for, but if you register identifying a political party, that decision is public. Our Mayor, Wilda Diaz, is a registered Democrat but has closely identified with Gov. Chris Christie –so much so that many residents wonder why she just doesn’t change parties.

Now information has been discovered that one of Wilda’s running mates, Lisa Nanton, made political contributions to Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul in 2008 and 2011. To be clear, anyone can make a contribution to anyone regardless of party affiliation.

Except in this case, Wilda’s running mate also states in her bio that she is a 23-year Perth Amboy Democratic Committeewoman. I believe that when you run for this position, you are not representing the public, you are representing Democrats. That is where your allegiance has been pledged. That allegiance is not partial, it is total.

The Mayor, her running mate, and others in her inner circle are confusing us. Make it public record, Wilda, and be transparent. It’s ok if you are a Republican – just come out and say it.

John Siberry
Perth Amboy

Editor’s note: Lisa Nanton also made a contribution to Obama For America in 2012.

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1 comment for “OPINION: It Sure Does Get Confusing

  1. someonewhocares
    September 10, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    U nailed it!!! It’s very confusing. Just wish politicians in Perth Amboy would be honest.

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