Franklin Borough Mayor Nicholas Giordano, a Republican, recently bragged on Facebook that he had voted for both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. The Mayor, who is said to be seeking a political appointment at the Sussex County Municipal Utilities Authority (SCMUA) while dodging questions about a land deal that benefits his family, has been a controversial figure since replacing longtime Mayor Paul Crowley in January.
CONSTITUENT: Don't talk conservative when you brag about voting for Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Mayor.
Franklin Mayor Nick Giordano: Yup cause I vote best candidate at the time not by party.
"He's a critter in a big hurry," said one county insider, while another dismissed Giordano as "Mayor Thuglife".
Nonetheless, Giordano seems ready to heed former GOP candidate turned talk radio host Bill Spadea's call for candidates to primary the anti-debt Republicans who stood up and took on the Transportation Trust Fund debacle after 25 years of deficit spending, debt, and lies to cover up the can being kicked down the road. He's told supporters that he's preparing to run and will launch a recall effort against Senator Steve Oroho (R-24).
The Mayor has also trashed the state League of Municipalities for taking a position opposite his on the TTF. On Facebook, Giordano exhibits a stunning lack of knowledge on the subject of how the TTF is funded, operates, and about the Tax Restructuring legislation passed on Friday. Just one example is that Giordano insists that the 23 cents a gallon tax is on home heating oil and is unmoved by evidence to the contrary.
Given Bill Spadea's political history, a Giordano candidacy makes sense. Spadea's campaign manager in his last attempt at elected office (Assembly) was none other than Tea Partier Leigh Ann Bellew. She challenged Republican Senator Joe Kyrillos in 2013 the year after she ran Spadea's effort against conservative darling Donna Simon. Her campaign was dreadful and ended even more dreadfully. A popular video was circulated to describe the effort, start to finish:
This is the way with so many "Tea Party" members. Rational discussion is suspect. It is the anger that matters (aka, "Heart and Soul"). Welcome to Spadea's toilet.