Stack: HCDO leaders need to put organization in order before trying to take out Cunningham

TRENTON — Some prominent members of the Hudson County Democratic Organization (HCDO) would like to see state Sen. Sandra Cunningham (D-Jersey City) kicked off the organization line, but state Sen. Brian Stack (D-Union City) is not one of them.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with Sandy. I know how it is when the rest of the county comes into your senatorial district and interferes,” said Stack just before the Senate Judiciary Meeting convened this morning.

Cunningham drew the wrath of Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise for blocking his appointment to the Port Authority, and her appointment to Republican Gov.-elect Chris Christie’s transition team further ruffled some Democratic feathers.

But Stack – who has forged an uneasy peace with other HCDO leaders after taking them on in an intra-party fight two years ago – said that the organization needs to restructure before it challenges senators.

“I think the HCDO is still basically what I called it in 2007, which is a paper tiger. A paper organization that only goes to the people when there’s an election and really provides no type of incentive or outreach to minorities – to Hispanics, African Americans, all other minorities in the county,” he said. “And I think you’re seeing the results of that. When you have 39% turnout for Jon Corzine, I think it’s really just an organization of a few people.”

“I think there’s a lot to be said about the leadership,” he said. “I think they live in a society that maybe existed 80 years ago.” Stack: HCDO leaders need to put organization in order before trying to take out Cunningham