How can Davis run on “transparency” when he’s not transparent?
Mar 05, 2014 | 1472 views | 5 5 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To the Editor:

I have long been a casual observer of politics here in our fair city of Bayonne. I enjoy watching campaigns and elections unfold and I’ve not been disappointed by the candidates’ posturing as Election Day draws near. This year, one candidate is breaking the record by stretching the bonds of credibility early in the Mayors Race.

James Davis has put himself forth as the “Duty-Honor-Community” candidate who is touting “Transparency” and “Open” government. How do I know this? – I read it right on his brochure and website. Davis rightfully makes a big deal about how important it is for the public to be able to see and understand our elected officials’ motivation.

New Jersey has established an effective system to allow the public to access reports required to be filed by all candidates for public office and see for themselves who candidates are raising money from and where they are spending it. The system is overseen by the NJ Election Law Enforcement Commission or ELEC. Their website, www.elec.state.nj.us is a treasure trove of information about candidates for public office. NJ State law requires that candidates file reports on a regular basis so the public can be informed about the candidates’ fundraising activity.

The system affords the public with the very “transparency” that Mr. Davis claims to desire. The problem is that you won’t find Mr. Davis’s reports on the ELEC site. Thus far, it appears that he has thumbed his nose at the transparency laws and failed to file the required reports. We know he raised money; he’s hosted a gazillion fundraisers. We know he’s spent money—on brochures, mailings, a headquarters, a website. But we are unable to find out who is backing Davis, who his top donors are because he has failed to comply with the simplest of transparency requirements, the filing of financial disclosure forms.

So Davis is either incompetent or hiding something. Either way, it’s a bad way to begin a quest for public office and it raises the question, can we trust what this guy is saying? Davis has a duty to file his ELEC reports. It’s dishonorable not to do so and it fails our community.

The Davis campaign has been ethically challenged from the start, what with his questionable campaign advisors and staff, his inability to articulate his vision for our future and now his inept call for transparency while refusing to be transparent himself. Where I come from we have a word for this sort of behavior; we call it hypocrisy. Good luck Mr. Davis, you’re going to need it.

JOHN PIETRO

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anonymous
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March 05, 2014
Oh but no one pointed out mayor mark smiths brothers coke addiction correct i know plenty of his young family members and most are addicted to drugs how are me to know our mayor as of right now is not a drug addict or a felon marks smith has done nothing but spend money on cop cars in this town which aren't even needed smiths time is up thank god and its time for Davis to do a better job and work on the real problems in this town!
Bikerguy68
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March 08, 2014
Davis is an interloper who was out of town for 20 years. Is his buddy's with a known multiple felon. His ticket includes a check scammer, a drunken brawler who's been arrested in Bar fights and a janitor. Good luck with that.

http://youtu.be/AjbvdUU-DrQ

jingobets
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March 05, 2014
Davis and his entire campaign are proving how incompetent they are by being in flagrant violation of election laws. But the man associates with known felons, so why is anyone surprised that he has no regard for the law?
jingobets
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March 05, 2014
It's about time someone called Davis out for the fraud that he is. For 20 years he lived in Rahway, he just moved back to Bayonne last year because he felt it was his turn to be King of Bayonne. Fat chance Jimmy, you're being exposed for the phony you are along with your felon friend Patrick Desmond
Bikerguy68
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March 08, 2014
Did you see this on Jimmy Boy?

http://youtu.be/AjbvdUU-DrQ