Democrats and their general turpitude appear to be the main issue right now in the Morris County Republican Freeholder Primary, where one team boosted by an influx of Democratic Party cash shot back today by citing the presence of one of their Republican opponents… at a fundraiser for a Democratic Party mayor.
“While we are winning support from a cross-section of Republican voters throughout the county–we’d like to know why a member of our opponent’s team is going out of his way to back an incumbent Democratic mayor?” asked former East Hanover Councilman Angelo Tedesco, who’s running on a slate with Christine Myers and incumbent Freeholder John Cesaro. They’re facing off against incumbent Freeholder David Scapicchio, Freeholder John Krickus, and their running mate Denville Councilwoman Deborah Smith.
Tedesco singled out Scapicchio, who was a featured guest at a Democrat fundraiser for East Hanover Township Mayor Joseph Pannullo, last Thursday evening (May 14), held at The Park Savoy Estate.
Scapicchio dismissed the attack as ridiculous.
“Joe is a personal friend of mine for many years,” the freeholder said. “I do have friends who are Democrats, Republicans and Independents. …But they didn’t give me any money.”
Tedesco didn’t buy it.
“We are appalled that Dave Scapicchio would support a sitting Democrat incumbent against a solid conservative Republican candidate like East Hanover Township Councilman Joe Peluso in such a hotly contested mayoral race,” said the Republican candidate, a firefighter by trade.
Scapicchio said if that’s all his opponents have to complain about he feels well positioned heading toward the June 2nd Republican Primary. “We’re feeling pretty good, the response is good,” he told PolitickerNJ. “A lot of Republicans are turned off by the amount of outside money flowing into Morris County.”