The U.S. Attorney's subpoena of Englewood Democratic Municipal Chairwoman Violet Cherry's records today has become an issue in the 37th district Democratic primary. Cherry, is backing State Sen. Loretta Weinberg, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle and Assemblyman Gordon Johnson against challengers supported by the Bergen County Democratic Organization.
“You’re known by the company you keep,” said Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes, who is running for the Senate. “And Loretta has been working hand in hand with Ms. Cherry for years. The U.S. Attorney’s Office has opened a probe into Ms. Cherry’s actions and it’s high time Loretta walked the walk for all the talk of open government that she’s known for.”
Federal prosecutors delivered the subpoena this morning, seeking records related to the Health Department, the Municipal Democratic Committee, and the Englewood Democratic Club.
"The level of hypocrisy and arrogance of the BCDO attack is remarkable but hardly unexpected. Our opponents have begun their campaign by trying to tear us down€”because, sadly, they have no positive reason for running except to do the bidding of the County Chair," the incumbents said in a statement. "There are important issues facing our communities. We should use this campaign to debate the best ways to make our schools the best they can be or how to make health care more affordable and accessible or passing tougher gun laws to make our neighborhoods safer. But our opponents would rather throw mud and spread malicious falsehoods. Making lives better – not hurling false insults – is what unites us as real Democrats."