by Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez
Each passing day yields more insight into the maneuverings and motivations behind the alliances being developed by Perth Amboy’s distracted mayor.
Even with this insight, the most recent endorsement of Mayor Diaz’s slate of candidates by Albio Sires is both troubling and mind boggling. Why would a politician who no longer represents Perth Amboy bother to get involved with supporting candidates who are running outside his district?
Probably the same reason a mayor would broker alliances with former adversaries from both the right and the left!
It must serve both their interests to have these people indebted to them. The question is not what was negotiated as part of this deal, rather what the people of Perth Amboy owe as part of this deal.
What are the taxpayers and voting citizens losing to advance Diaz’s agenda? One would hope that her agenda would not be at odds with those of the people she has sworn to represent.
Given the abundance of candidates in the last election, Diaz was not elected by a majority of voters; nonetheless, her concerns should extend beyond herself. At least that is what one would hope.
With the growing variety of platforms represented by those pledging their support, it is hard to imagine that there is an agreement among her cronies as to what is in Perth Amboy’s best interests.
This is especially true given how recently Diaz and her own hand picked freeholder candidates clashed over issues specific to Perth Amboy during the mayoral election. The only thing they agreed on was that they did not want to move Perth Amboy towards partisanship.
The backroom dealing which has taken place in the almost seven months since the mayoral election must have been substantial and involved. It is only a matter of time before the true debt Perth Amboy owes becomes apparent.
Thankfully, citizens will be able to voice their views, and not the mayor’s views, on June 4 by voting.
Vote for Democrats who have always served Perth Amboy interests in the county for the past 60 years, the Middlesex County Democratic Organization LINE B from top to bottom. We thank you!
Leslie Dominguez-Rodriguez is the chairwoman of the Perth Amboy Democratic Party and vice-chairwoman of the Middlesex County Democratic Organization.
Ed. Note: Diaz was re-elected with support from just about one-third of the voters who participated in the 2012 general election in Perth Amboy.
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