Letter to the Editor… from George Blood.
I am a Republican. I was an active member of the Brigantine Republican Club and I am also a former member of the New Republican Party, spearheaded by Andy Simpson, prior to his election to the City Council to represent the First Ward in Brigantine.
Phil Guenther of Brigantine. Not to be trusted.
I CAN NO LONGER BE SILENT and TOLERATE the shameful deportment of some Brigantine activists which is meant to steer the voting public away from the tangible issues facing our island.
The disgraceful posting on Facebook by Brigantine Beach Patrol Lieutenant Fran Masino and the behavior of Sandi Williams, office manager for Councilman Andy Simpson at recent Fourth Ward residents meetings is not only reprehensible is totally dishonorable to the political protocol of engaging opponents.
During a recent residents Fourth Ward Forum, Ms. Williams asked Robert Polillo one question: “Where do you live?”
She filmed and recorded Mr. Polillo’s reply with the anticipation that she had captured this GOTCHA MOMENT against Mr. Polillo.
After this incident, Ms. Williams attempted to diffuse her actions and her self-created situation –before it would blow up in her face – by attempting to “tap dance” her way out of questioning Mr. Polillo’s residency via a written letter of explanation.
Her line of questioning and demeanor towards Mr. Polillo are insubstantial and ignoble.
I have known Bob and Maria Polillo for over 20 years. They continue to be members of the finest individuals “club” I have known. And yes, Ms. Williams, they are residents of Brigantine and yes, they were and remain victims of Superstorm Sandy.
Their home was destroyed and the re-building process has just begun not only for Bob and Maria but for the majority of Sandy victims.
My firm conviction is one whereby ALL Residents of Brigantine owe ALL CANDIDATES a debt of gratitude. Becoming a candidate in Brigantine has developed into a THANKLESS JOB.
These individuals sacrifice their own time and personal efforts for the betterment of this community. I have observed Candidates of both parties “walking our streets” to deliver their message, when perhaps their preference would be to spend time with their own families! Thank you, all Brigantine candidates for your dedication and sacrifice… you are all entitled to respect and consideration from all of us residents for the specific platform and issues you represent…
At future candidate forums I would expect that “gotcha questions” would be replaced by more significant ones and that candidates would address substantial issues facing our island such as:
- The candidate’s position on the Golf Course
- Should we utilize part-time firefighters to conserve financial resources at all levels and in all departments
- If elected, how would a candidate reduce the size of our government
- Has candidate developed cohesive agenda for execution of cost cutting wherever there’s an opportunity to do so in our city government, irrespective of party lines and where the sole consideration is …. benefit the taxpayers.
The within is only a partial listing of distress confronting our island. These apprehensions and other cost rampant concerns should and need to be the CRUX of any Candidate’s campaign— irrespective of which political party he/she is representing. Has the Political Bar in Brigantine descended so LOW that we as Republicans are to condone actions and conduct such as those recently exhibited by those individuals named in the within editorial?
The time is now for all Brigantine Republicans to uphold the values of decency, compassion the most important… honesty. Both parties are better served when ISSUES ARE THE CENTRAL STAPLE OF A DEBATE, not, vulgarity, crudeness and boorishness.
We, residents and taxpayers of Brigantine, now more than ever before in the history of our island, are and will be COMPELLED to VOTE on the ISSUES—NOT Party Lines.
At the voting booths, remember those candidates who best represent fundamental values and whose sole purpose is the genuine progress of our island.
Vote with your conscience when you pull that lever at the voting booth… not political favoritism and cronyism or RISK descent into autocracy and a collision with our island’s future.