This is in today’s Bridgeton News:
To the Editor:
You may have seen the list of donors to Lou Magazzu’s campaign for NACo printed in the MagazzuWatch.com Web site and in the local newspapers. You probably noticed that it contains many people who do business with the county.
Were you surprised to learn that you loaned Lou Magazzu $10,000 from the party funds? Were you asked if you thought it was a good idea? Did you sign an authorization? Do you know who signed the check? Did you vote on it?
We hope you have better luck finding the answers than we did.
According to Lou, the loan was made on July 19, 2009, just days before he took his friends to Nashville in his failed NACo attempt. Did he ask you to go to Nashville? Or does he see you as just one of his campaign workers?
Have you ever asked to borrow $10,000 from the Democratic Party and been given the money?
In his expenses, he lists the loan repayment. Do you know if it was repaid?
THIS IS WHY WE LEFT THE PARTY! We were never informed of how Lou used the money or what deals he was making.
He has placed the other freeholders in a dangerous position. They have accepted gifts (trips to D.C. and Nashville) in return for their votes as freeholders. This is entirely unethical and states so in the Cumberland County Code of Ethics.
During the past few years, several of us have tried to get him to step down as county chairman, but without success.
Many of you have already contacted us with concerns and we have welcomed your suggestions and friendship. Please feel free to contact any of us personally or through our Web site: www.independent leaders.com.
Jennifer (Lookabaugh) Swift
Bridgeton Candidate for Freeholder