When it was first reported Barbara Buono’s running mate hasn’t always participated in the democratic process, the gubernatorial hopeful’s campaign initially said Milly Silva missed the polls on a few occasions because she was too busy getting out the vote.
The Democratic nominee’s campaign said in a statement “there have been a couple of days when she was unable to cast her vote before the polls closed because she was arranging transportation for the poor, elderly and disabled who would have been unable to make it to their polling location on their own.”
The response came after records indicated Silva, the executive vice president of SEIU 1199 and Buono’s pick for lieutenant governor, voted in her first primary election in 2012 and failed to cast a ballot in the last three legislative elections. She even failed to cast a ballot in the election that put her opponents, Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, in office.
The records showed Silva was not a registered Democrat until 2012 and first voted in New Jersey in 2005.
Now, a recent review of Silva’s Bronx voting record shows there’s no indication Silva voted while living in New York. The records differ from the campaign’s initial statement following the story’s release.
The records do show, however, Silva first registered as a Democrat in 1990 and that she maintained her party affiliation when she re-registered to vote at different addresses (Buono’s campaign asserted Silva’s unaffiliated party status in New Jersey was an error and that she is a lifelong Democrat).
Needless, Silva told reporters earlier in the week she is embarrassed over her voting record but maintained she has a proven record as a union executive of working to get voters to the polls.
A review of Silva’s opponents – Gov. Chris Christie and Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno – show the pair have voted in every election going back to 2004.
The Buono campaign did not respond to a request for comment.