Sometimes it is the small things that matter. For instance, Millville has a strict ordinance regulating signs, placement, size, etc. And Millville is usually pretty strict about enforcing the ordinance; especially as election season provides the fertile ground needed for campaign signs to propagate.
Both parties understand that you are not allowed to place political signs on publically owned land. However, this has not prevented Sheriff Austino from spitting at the law and placing signs on municipal property. One Austino sign still stands on the corner of land used for the city impound lot.
You are not allowed to place signs on the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street – this is a public safety issue. I was on High Street yesterday and saw a long row of Red political signs – I was furious and about to call Bob Greco to tell him to have them immediately removed; then I realized my error. These were Bill Whelan and the CCDO campaign signs. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, and was too lazy to make a return trip to take pictures after I got home.
What gives? Are Whelan and the CCDO purposely trying ot confuse the public, or are they distancing themselves from the national Democratic party which seems to be an embarrassment to them?
Instead of calling Greco, I called Dale Finch and informed him of the copious display of illegal signs – he had enforcement come out this morning and remove them all. But it seems that the CCDO is not satisfied with flaunting the law only once, some signs mysteriously returned on a few corners.
However, this is a regular occurrence, the Millville arm of the CCDO regularly places signs illegally, and the Millville taxpayers have to pay city employees to remove them. Perhaps it is too much work to actually find residents that will proudly display signs on their own property? Perhaps they are attempting to trick the public into thinking that since there are so many signs, they have a lot of local support?
The disturbing issue, however, is one of credibility. Bob Austino is sheriff, and running for a re-up. He KNOWS the law. if a person is willing to trample the law in even the small matters, then he is certainly not trustworthy in larger matters. Take for instance, a backroom deal railroading a private citizen? Or lying to the press and purposely misrepresenting a legal document in order to assassinate the character of a political foe?
But back tot he Blue vs. Red sign confusion – Van Drew & Company have always used a blue and green color scheme – their signs are noticeable. LoBiondo has typically used a Blue and Purple or Red color scheme – another combination that is unique. And if a candidate or candidates didn’t have a unique color scheme, then Democrats use Blue and White and Republicans, Red and White.
In previous elections, the CCDO Freeholder candidates have typically run on anything but the issues. When G.W. was president, they didn’t campaign against the Republican candidates, but against George Bush. Last year they ran against the chairman of the county party. Why? It is because they know they have failed to pass muster on every issue that matters – property taxes, unemployment, poverty, teen pregnancy. But they need to maintain control so that they can continue to pour public money into the purses of their special interest groups, and continue giving jobs to unqualified sycophants. They need to continue providing paychecks, health benefits and pensions to the party loyalists – and to hell with controlling spending and getting a handle on property taxes. If over thirty years is not enough time to get the job done, then maybe they are in the wrong business!