Maywood Councilwoman Marianne Auriemma announced today that she has changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican effective immediately.
“There were many factors that went into the decision to change parties, but perhaps the largest reason was that the Republican ideals of fiscal responsibility and smaller government were totally foreign to the Democrats on the council at a time when we need those ideals the most,” said Auriemma, who planned an afternoon press availability with welcoming Bergen County Republican Organization Chairman Bob Yudin.
“A town like Maywood needs to be preserved and the Democrats seem to be operating without a plan to maintain the Borough’s integrity. I have come to realize that I have been voting like a Republican for some time. My conversion is a natural progression of my ideals and ideas.”
Councilman Adrian Febre was instrumental in negotiating Auriemma’s conversion to the Republican Party.
“For the entire time I’ve been on the council it seemed that it has been Marianne and I holding the line for the taxpayers of the Borough,” Febre said. “At times Marianne seemed to be more of a Republican than me!”
The councilwoman’s party change represented a win for the GOP team of Bergen County Freeholder John Driscoll, who’s running against state Sen. Robert Gordon, (D-38), Fair Lawn.
Maywood Mayor Timothy Eustace is an Assembly candidate on Gordon’s ticket.
Sources said Eustace brought Auriemma – a former local public defender – in to fill a council slot and subsequently became a marginal player.
“She wasn’t part of the bloc,” said a source.
A longtime cross-the-aisle supporter of Bergen County Executive Kathe Donovan, Auriemma filled out an application today to submit to the county.
“This is an anti-Tim move if ever there was one,” the source said.