Here’s the full version of the Lou mudslinging referred to in the previous post. Below are a letter from Lou’s minions and a response from the Independent Leaders:
Recently you may have received a letter from Jennifer Swift, Jane Christy, and Bruce Peterson who have abandoned the Democratic Party and are running as spoilers in this November election against the candidates supported by the organization and who won the primary.We wanted to advise you that Mrs. Swift is the former Jennifer Lookabaugh who has remarried and is Jim Swift’s stepmother. You may know that Jim Swift is the Millville Republican chairman who ran a vicious campaign against Democrats Doug Rainear, Bob Austino, Bill Whelan, Jane Jannarone and Jim Dunkins last year. Evidently Jim Swift’s step mother is now trying to do what he could not do this year and that is help the Republicans defeat Democrats for county office.We particularly wanted to respond to the half truths in the letter by Swift, Christy and Peterson regarding a loan made by the Cumberland County Democratic Organization to the recent campaign Lou Magazzu conducted to be Second Vice President of the National Association of Counties. Had Lou been successful he would have been a national voice for counties and would have been a source of pride for all of us in Cumberland County.During the final weeks leading up to the national convention held in Nashville, Lou approached Millville chairman and campaign manager Brendan Kavanagh and indicated the he was going to loan his NACo campaign account $10,000 from the Cumberland County Democratic Organization and would have it repaid in about a month after he received the balance of contributions to the NACo account. Brendan said it was fine. The money was lent and has been repaid in full as promised by Lou.Lou could have received an actual donation from the Cumberland County Democrats but he wanted the entire funds of the organization to be available for our county campaign.We are fully in support of Lou as our County Chairman, our Freeholder Director who leads the party and the county. We find it ironic that after a combined 27 years as Freeholders, this is the only time that Swift, Christy and Peterson have ever written to the Cumberland County Executive Committee.We have not forgotten the lack of respect they demonstrated to Democrats from Cumberland County when they served as Freeholders. We will also not forget that they are now traitors to the organization and its ideals. We hope you do not forget either.Respectfully, Nancy SungenisVice Chair Cumberland County Democratic OrganizationJose B. VelezNew Jersey State Democratic Committee memberMaribel RodriguezChairwoman Vineland Democratic OrganizationBrendan KavanaghChairman Millville Democratic OrganizationTodd EdwardsChairman Bridgeton Democratic Organization
Sounds like some pretty fast tap dancing to me. Here’s the Independent Leaders response pointing out how Lou “owns” each of the signers of the above letter:
The signers of the letter to the DJ (“half truths”) who proudly proclaimed that it was fine for Lou Magazzu to write himself a $10,000 check (and, in fact, suggested he didn’t have to repay it ) from the Democratic coffers, have a very vested interest in being nice to Magazzu. Together, this group receives thousands of dollars from their loyalty to Lou. Nancy Sungenis earns her keep as supervisor of the board of elections and also as chair of the Cumberland County Utilities Authority. Each job has its salary and a costly benefits package! Brendan Kavanagh receives his “incentive to write letters” money from the various contracts Lou doles out to his law firm,which amount to thousands of dollars. Jose Velez was stopped from receiving two salaries from political appointments when Jane Christy called him on it. A judge ruled Christy was correct, and so Velez was left with only one well paying job, complete with benefits. Todd Edwards, in return for his support, was given an appointment by Magazzu to Sungenis’s Cumberland County Utilities Authority. However, even though receiving $3000 a year and $24,000 in benefits, he has only attended one meeting this year, and Sungenis and Magazzu remain silent on this issue. But then, it’s your money, not theirs. They have theirs. All of this purchased loyalty is paid for by the taxpayers. If elected, we will appoint the most qualified individual for the position without regard to party politics. We expect nothing in return, but a job done with the best interest of the citizens of Cumberland County foremost in their mind. Our ideas for the future of Cumberland County appear on our website: www. independentleaders.com and will be the foundation of our campaign.