Mayor Wilda Diaz supports the failed Republican economic policies of George W. Bush, Chris Christie and Mitt Romney, including corporate welfare, austerity layoffs and privatization of public services and most voters agree she should be fired, so she is preparing to unleash a war of distraction and deceit.
Diaz privatized the city’s emergency medical services, she buried taxpayers $50 million deeper in debt, raised taxes five times in four years and gave multi-million dollar tax refunds to a billionaire and a giant oil company that polluted Perth Amboy.
In fact, without fighting for taxpayers by objecting to the fraudulent tax appeal, she cut the tax assessment on Chevron almost in half — by $100 million — and the plant was sold a year later for $260 million. or $40 million more than the original assessment.
She has a failed record and her campaign is being dishonest because she thinks the voters are not smart enough to see through her distractions.
Well, this election is not about Wilda Diaz. This election is about Perth Amboy families, working people who are tenants and homeowners whose lives are imperilled by neglect and incompetence. Distraction and deception will not help those people.
To end the recession, begin rebuilding the middle class and restore the American Dream for future generations, Billy Delgado has an action plan for Perth Amboy.
Billy Delgado is waging a positive campaign and he won’t respond to silliness about matters that have no influence on the lives of people at risk in his city today.
Voters should take a close look at Billy Delgado’s plan to rejuvenate Perth Amboy. It is a positive message that deserves to be a model for campaign conduct because it explains why you should vote for Delgado instead of just against his opponent.
We do demand some clear answers because Wilda Diaz claimed that she reduced — by $54 million — a $250 million debt that the city’s annual financial statements declaratively show never existed. The city had $181 million in debt five months before she was elected and in two months, homeowners will have borrowed $230 million. Calling a $50 million increase a $54 million reduction is what plain speaking people identify as a lie.
Now she is unloading a barrage of crazy attacks on Delgado’s character, questioning his parental choices and falsely accusing his running mate of being guilty of something that was done by her husband. I doubt Wilda would want to be judged for the off-the-wall actions of her spouse.
Wilda is getting nasty but Perth Amboy already rejected that kind of campaign tactic.
Four years ago, Wilda claimed: “Mayor Joe Vas should have some real accomplishments to talk about instead of making excuses, telling lies & playing dirty tricks.” Now Wilda has no truthful record of success, no idea how to make the next four years any less devastating and she has adopted the sleaziest plays of Joe Vas & Karl Rove.
None of the other four mayoral candidates even have council running-mates and not one has exhibited a plan to solve municipal problems, so Billy Delgado appears to be the only hope for displacing the incompetent and uninformed Diaz. No matter what you hear about him from Diaz over the next few weeks, it is probably worth giving him the benefit of the doubt because he cannot do any worse than Diaz or Vas.