The Daily Journal, with an editorial that proves beyond any shadow of a doubt that their old policy of protecting Lou Magazzu and his minions at any cost, even at the cost of truthful and fair publishing, slammed Jane Jannarone today. There is really nothing more that I can add – they hit the nail square on the head with this one.
Jannarone’s exit is best for election
We wish Cumberland County Freeholder Jane Jannarone the best of luck when her term of office concludes at the end of the year.
She says she has plans to spend more time with her family, expand her business and help victims of domestic violence. Those are all admirable goals.
We’re also very glad she’s decided to abandon her re-election campaign and not seek another term on the board.
That’s not a statement on her political stances. But it is a statement on the kind of in-the-gutter, unacceptable, lowest-common-denominator politics she brought to the 2010 election.
Jannarone was the ringleader in an attack on the county Republican chairman, Bob Greco — who wasn’t running for any office — regarding his felony conviction years ago involving an incident in which he threatened to kill his wife. It was an unseemly and misguided election-year tactic that backfired on Jannarone.
Jannarone was right to question whether a man who commits domestic violence deserves to be the face of the county GOP. But by making it an election-time issue, she lost all credibility.
Jannarone remains unapologetic about her actions to this day. We cringe at the thought of what kind of dirty tricks she might’ve pulled out of her bag this year, had she not decided this week to prematurely end her re-election bid.
With so many important financial challenges facing the county, we hope no one involved in this fall’s freeholder election becomes the next Jane Jannarone.