by Alan Binenstock
As a lifelong Democrat who has lived 49 of his 53 years in Union County, I was utterly disgusted and dismayed at the Union Township and Union County Democrats’ underhanded, misleading and downright deceitful actions in the recent Township of Union elections for Board of Education.
They attacked the incumbent team from the nonpartisan Parents for Change (PFC) with a campaign of misdirections and lies funded by Democratic donors from outside Union Township for what are unpaid, volunteer posts that, according to the New Jersey Department of Education are supposed to be completely nonpartisan (18A:12-24.1 Code of Ethics for School Board Members, clause f).
Some examples of the Union County Democrats’ lies and misdeeds:
1. A Union township employee registered a “.org” URL identical to PFC’s “.com” URL, which rolled over to the Democrat-affiliated candidates’ Facebook page.
2. Sent out a flier with a photo of a collapsed school ceiling claimed to be of a Union school — in reality, the photo, stolen from bbc.com, is of a school in Killyleagh, Ireland; further, teachers and parents from that Union school confirmed in Facbook postings that conditions are not at all like those depicted.
3. Sent out a flier with more than a dozen false claims about test scores, student crime and drug use, and repairs at Union High School, which the superintendent has disputed in total in a detailed point-for-point rebuttal, demonstrating that every statistic noted in the flier was at best a total misinterpretation of the facts, and more often a compete fabrication. The superintendent confirmed that, in the three years since the PFC wrested control from the Democratic Party cronies, Union schools have improved greatly.
4. Politicized a children’s Halloween event two years in a row, and sent out cynically race-baiting fliers to residents of predominantly African-American Vauxhall misrepresenting the stance of the PFC-aligned members of the Board of Ed. regarding relocation of the event as racially motivated.
5. Democratic Party candidates and people on their team continually violated the 100-foot electioneering rule, including some candidates entering the rooms where voting was being conducted.
As a concerned citizen of Union Township and Union County, I call for an investigation of these practices of the Union County Democrats, and their candidates for the Union Township Board of Education, by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Division of Elections at the Department of State.
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