Reform bad, bosses good

One of the most popular themes in political campaigns of the early 21st century is government reform and there has been no shortage of candidates willing to tout their reform agendas in an effort to win votes. Earlier this cycle, Doug Forrester held a large orange broom during his Conga Line of Corruption ad, and Jon Corzine took on Joe Ferriero in a Special Election Convention for State Senate in Bergen County. That’s why it’s noteworthy to recognize the efforts of one candidate who doesn’t seem to pander to the pro-reform newspapers: Paula Sollami Covello, the Democratic nominee for Mercer County Clerk. Covello had a meeting with the editorial board of The Trenton Times this week and so there would be no confusion as to her independence from party bosses, she brought Mercer County Democratic Chairman Richard McClellan with her. Despite her best efforts, Covello might still oust two-term GOP incumbent Catherine DiCostanzo in predominately Democratic Mercer County. The party organization announced today that they will pay to air a new Covello TV ad over 1,200 times between now and election day. This is the same ad that got Covello into trouble last week when she was caught parking in a handicapped space after arriving late for the filming.

Reform bad, bosses good