Entries in Skylands blog (2)

Friday
Jun082018

Is Freeholder Graham opposed to the First Amendment?

The Skylands blog is a sort of quasi-government mouthpiece for the Freeholder Board majority of Boss George Graham, Jonathan Rose, and Carl Lazzaro.  During the primary, Bergen County’s John McCann had the support of Graham, Rose, and Lazzaro.  Apparently, McCann paid Graham for services of some kind, as well as county lobbyist Virginia Newman Littell, who served as his campaign’s co-chair. 

These folks just concluded a primary campaign in which they described their fellow Republican, a woman, as everything from a “pole dancer” to a “terrorist” – and suggested she “belonged in a cage” like an “animal”.  Real gentlemen, this lot. 

Now these politicians are suggesting that the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States of America be abrogated because they don’t like the Sussex County Watchdog website.  As Graham, Rose, and Lazzaro constitute a clear majority of the Sussex County Board of Chosen Freeholders – and as they exercise control over the Skylands website – this could be construed as an act of county government.  More on this later… 

The McCann team (Graham, Rose, Lazzaro, and Littell) is suggesting that having won the Republican primary on June 5th, that their candidate be immune from any negative commentary from this website.  In reply to this we suggest that you look carefully at our name.  Where do you see the word “Republican”? 

Sussex County Watchdog is not an organ of any political party.  Unlike the Skylands blog, it is not under the control of any elected official or party.  We are an agency of reform.  Any member of the public may contribute an article to Watchdog and we will publish it.  We do not ask if they belong to the Republican Party or to indeed any party. 

We find it curious that these elected Republicans are making this point.  After last year’s primary for freeholder, these elected Republicans refused to support the Republican nominee, Herb Yardley.  Instead, they provided support to the liberal Democrat nominee, Dan Perez.  

At the time, John McCann was asked to assist Republican Herb Yardley in his campaign.  Unfortunately, McCann was employed by the Democrat Sheriff of Bergen County and he wasn’t allowed to help a Republican.  

Their blog, the Skylands blog, ran a vicious campaign of personal smearing against Assemblyman Parker Space, Republican State Committeewoman Jill Space, the Space family, and the employees of Space Farms.  For this, Watchdog dubbed them “the creatures from the toilet” and so they remain.  Did it never occur to these elected Republicans that their campaign against Assemblyman Space was conducted concurrently with the Democrat Party’s campaign to unseat him and replace him with a far-leftist?  If it did, they apparently didn’t care.

So we find it humorous that these politicians suggest that a non-partisan blog be more loyal to the Republican Party than they have ever been.  

Of course, if they would like to make their arguments in writing, we would be more than happy to furnish them space on this website to do so.  Again, we are open to all points of view, all opinions.  

John McCann, as a licensed attorney in several states, should know better than to try to muscle or muzzle or restrain in any way the exercise of constitutionally protected civil rights.  This is not his first attempt.  We caution him.

Monday
Jun042018

Freeholder Rose admits he attacked Assemblyman Space last year

Jonathan Rose’s Skylands blog put out some pretty goofy stuff yesterday, including the admission that it was behind a series of dishonest, personal attacks against Assemblyman Parker Space (R-Sussex) during his General Election battle against two far-left Democrats.  Why? 

Well, someone who was once close to Rose called his blog “narcissistic” and suggested that Rose was deeply jealous of the Assemblyman’s popularity.  Perhaps, but the very personal nature of these attacks is still striking. 

This comes on the heels of the attacks made by Freeholders Rose and Carl Lazzaro against their Republican primary opponent, Dawn Fantasia.  Supporters of Rose and Lazzaro (and the politician they answer to, Freeholder Boss George Graham) have called Mrs. Fantasia, the only woman in the race, many names.  They have called her a "political prostitute", accused her of "pimping" a message as a "spokesperson.”  At a public meeting, one Rose-Lazzaro supporter called her a "lackey" who "belongs in a cage like the animal you are."

One of these elected buffoons told her that her name "sounds like you should be dancing on a pole."  Another told her that "you don't belong in MY Republican party." 

Why all the hostility towards a conservative, Republican, Pro-Life, Pro-Second Amendment woman who has cut taxes and balanced budgets as President of the Franklin Borough Council?  Is it because she isn’t “one of the (Graham) boys”?