Gus Bruno, who was handpicked by Cape May County Regular Republican Organization leaders last year to challenge longtime GOP State Committeeman Tony DiSimone, has resigned his State Committee post to back a Democrat, Salvatore Perillo, in his race for Mayor of Ocean City. Bruno had been an ally of GOP mayoral candidte Frank McCall ally and viewed as an emerging power in Cape May politics. In the May non-partisan election, there are three candidates are in the race to succeed incumbent, Henry “Bud” Knight, who is retiring after fourteen years, and nearly forty in local government: Councilman Jody Alessandrine, who almost upset Knight in 2002; McCall, a Councilman; and Perillo, a former Atlantic County Counsel who was Newark’s Corporation Counsel under Mayor Kenneth Gibson in the 1970’s. While the race is technically non-partisan, McCall has the backing of the Cape May County Republican Organization; Alessandrine and Perillo are Democrats. (Perillo’s law partner is Keith Davis, the newly-elected Atlantic County Republican Chairman.) But Perillo has but together a coalition of both parties.