It was a little disconcerting for operatives in the Passaic County Democratic Party firmament to have state Sen. Nellie Pou (D-35) campaigning with organization adversary Jose “Joey” Torres.
Pou was a party player.
Why was she saddled up with an irritating has-been like Torres?
So went the grumbling.
Sources say it went deep with Pou.
“Nellie is as close to Joey as Shavonda is to Currie,” said a party source, speaking on condition of anonimity.
Some of the young hotshots in the party didn’t care.
Somebody told Currie that after the election, after the victory party of mayoral candidate Andre Sayegh, the chairman should call in Pou for a meeting – and then never mention the mayor’s race.
The implication would be for the chairman to make the renegade-teaming senator from Haledon sweat and than let her walk out of the room meditating on the party leader’s largesse and ability to change gears without rancor.
Currie didn’t like the idea.
“I don’t want to do that,” the chairman growled.
He didn’t want to play games with Pou.
He understood the loyalty, and gave her a pass.
In any event, it’s a moot point.
Pou’s candidate, Torres, won the election.
“She’s in a good position right now,” a Democratic source told PolitickerNJ. “Nellie will be the conduit between Joey and the party.”
At least one humbled source in the party said he tried to reach Torres in the aftermath and couldn’t get him on the phone.
“Nellie will facilitate stuff like that,” the source said. “She’s the go-between.”