Brian Stack lost because he didn’t calculate the Rod Blagojevich angle
When formulating his political alliance with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop, did Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack calculate the risk of Fulop being the new Rod Blagojevich?
Despite the hopes of this journalist, Amy DeGise was victorious in her quest to become chairperson of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO). As noted by various political pundits, Union City Mayor/state Senator Brian Stack’s regrettable alliance with Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop played a big part in his defeat.
My biggest question, did anyone tell Stack about Fulop’s twitter account? I’m not saying HCDO committee people care much about Fulop’s tweets, but did Stack not know Fulop recklessly insulted foreign officials? Additionally, Stack’s not in favor of real marijuana legalization, yet he had no issue with Fulop tweeting questionable claims about personal marijuana usage (and social justice)?
Then election night hits. Fulop allegedly shoves a cop in an attempt to gain access to a room he was barred from. Stack loses the chairperson election. Fulop instantly becomes the unquestionable reason why Stack lost.
The blame game was over before David Wildstein can break the news about The Shove – which quickly morphed into the Hudson County politics equivalent of NBC’s The Slap. VIDEO BELOW:
The Shove probably didn’t change the outcome of the election, nor would it be surprising if the allegations were true. Let’s not forget when Fulop allegedly berated Jersey City Police Department (JCPD) Officer Bridget Revell, in public, back in 2015. During that incident, Fulop allegedly asked “What am I? A f***ing idiot!” – which Revell thought was a “rhetorical” comment and didn’t “provide the obvious answer.”
Without going any further, Fulop’s troubling actions and behaviors have a long history – even if I personally question the veracity of The Shove allegations (which will not be prosecuted). Nevertheless, the mere accusation is a sign that difficult times are ahead for the former boy wonder.
There was a time Real Jersey City was the only outlet you could find information and commentary critical of Fulop. Now that some media outlets and politicians smell blood in the water, berating the fading political star is so in vogue.
Isn’t that a sign of serious problems? Maybe even Rod Blagojevich type of problems?
I guess the second question is speculative on this journalist’s part, yet Fulop’s behavior since his ex-police chief was convicted by federal authorities has raised more than a few eyebrows. If the HCDO chairperson election were the NBA draft, Stack would’ve had a scouting report on Fulop that would include a note like “behavior reminiscent of disgraced ex-Illinois Governor Blagojevich.”
For those who don’t remember, Blagojevich, also a Democrat, was convicted of numerous corruption charges. Specifically, he was caught on federal wiretap discussing the value of President Barack Obama’s former U.S. Senate seat.
For Fulop’s sake, let’s hope he wasn’t caught on a wiretap discussing corrupt dealings like Blagojevich.
Regardless, it’s clear Stack didn’t properly calculate the risks of a political alliance with Fulop. Or maybe he did, and, chairperson or not, Stack is a boss that never loses (even when he loses).