Somebody doesn't want his picture taken with Fanale
Jennifer Jean Miller over at NJ Inside Scene had a well-written, personal story about her troubled relationship with David Fanale and his fiancée. It featured a photograph of a group of people at a recent event. Standing side by side was the former Franklin Councilman and Republican Sussex County Freeholder George Graham. Everyone looked happy.
But apparently someone wasn't happy because a few hours later the photograph was cropped.
Is the Sussex County GOP about to go Orwell on us? Are they going to act like David Fanale, once a Republican Party County Committeeman and an elected Republican on Franklin Borough Council, wasn't part of their organization? Are they going to deny that they supported him and that he supported them? Is he in danger of becoming a nonperson?
It looks like the cleansing has already begun.
It's funny that it's starting with Freeholder Graham, who tried mightily to cleanse from existence all memory of his long history as a Democrat political consultant in Hudson County and as an elected Democrat in Sussex County who switched to Republican then back to Democrat to vote in the 2008 Democratic Party Presidential Primary and then back to Republican to pursue bigger things. Talk to him today and he's a Ronald Reagan/ Steve Lonegan kind of guy.
Well, they're not called politicians for nothing.
By the way, Watchdog got hold of the original photograph and, as an aid to honest memory, is publishing it here. Outside of former Councilman Fanale, who published some unworthy and juvenile stuff on Facebook, nobody in the photo has anything to be ashamed of. They didn't do anything wrong. However, whoever demanded that the photo be cropped is guilty of tampering with the historic record, and with the truth.
David Fanale could be a pleasant, charming person. He is a human being and like the rest of us has his mix of good and bad. As an elected official he took a controversial route and his means of expressing his position crossed the line into juvenile and unworthy antics. It finished him as a councilman in Franklin.
So here's the lesson for the Sussex County GOP. The positions held by David Fanale were always there. They were not new. But as with so much else, the leaders and members of the Sussex Republican power structure see only what they want to see. So-and-so is a nice guy, let's not see the fact that he switched back to his old party to vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. So-and-so is a good guy, so let's not see the fact that he's using his official position to lobby on behalf of county vendors. So-and-so is a real friendly guy, so let's not see the fact that he gets a little unhinged when he starts talking about the police.
Instead of purging history and indulging in make-believe, shouldn't it be time for you to wake up?