Hayden caught in lie about Oroho's family
William J. Hayden (AKA Bill Hayden, Dell Hayden, Skylands Patriot ) is an 18 year public employee of the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He works as a supervisor, based in Trenton, where he pockets a salary and extras more each year than any legislator earns -- plus full benefits and a pension. Hayden is a member of the CWA -- one of the most liberal unions in America.
He doesn't vote much. He made it last November, but the last time before that was 2010. Now he thinks we should give him a second public job -- as our legislator. His education background, if his Facebook posts are to be believed, is high school.
On Friday, Hayden and company (which includes Democrat-turned-Republican George Graham, Democrat Freeholder candidate Dan Perez, among others) put out a lie about Senator Steve Oroho.
Steve Oroho is a traditional Reagan conservative: One-hundred percent Pro-Life, a proud NRA member, a Sunday churchgoer, Chairman of New Jersey's American Legislative Exchange Council, a Heritage Foundation supporter, a believer in that old-fashioned conservatism that says avoid borrowing and spend only what you take in. His rural, hill country district isn't a wealthy one, but it is filled with the kind of salt-of-the-earth conservatives who have since 2007 elected and re-elected Steve Oroho with 70 percent of the vote or more.
Senator Oroho is a practical numbers man. He's a certified financial planner and CPA. Before beginning his career of public service, Steve Oroho was a senior financial officer for S&P 500 companies like W. R. Grace and Young & Rubicam. Steve has helped to put companies like Burson Marsteller back on a healthy financial track.
Hayden, with his background as a Trenton DOT bureaucrat, decided to spread a little dirt on Steve Oroho by questioning his credentials. Here's what he wrote:
"First; we went on the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs website. There we found that a Steven Oroho from Mt. Laurel signed up to take a test in 2012, but never went any further. We then checked with the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. No luck there. We then checked the entire CPA roster in New Jersey and in New York…nope. No Steven Oroho. We think that the Senator has some explaining to do."
This is straight out of the Gail Phoebus fantasy playbook -- and if this kind of b.s. continues, we will be hearing about more on that...
Not to worry. Unlike Hayden, Watchdog has the intellectual capacity to actually read and, if Hayden had actually read the age of the "Steven Oroho from Mt. Laurel" who signed up to take the test, he should have figured out that it was the Senator's son -- Steven Oroho Jr.
So now Hayden and company is trashing the Oroho family.
And just so you fully understand who you are trashing, let us remind you. Young Steven is a veteran of the war to liberate Iraq. He signed-up for it and served four years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of sergeant. While Hayden was playing video games in his bunker, young Steve Oroho was on the line, fighting to keep our nation's actual enemies at bay.
And yes, young Steve Oroho did eventually take that CPA test and pass and he also took a test to be a Certified Fraud Examiner, which he passed as well. With the likes of Hayden, Graham, and Perez around, a certified fraud examiner is just what we need.
As for old Steve Oroho - Steve Sr. - Senator Steve Oroho, he has been a CPA since 1982. We reached out to the Senator's campaign and they graciously forwarded us a copy of his license.
The lies spread by Hayden and his Skylands Patriot website have already been responsible for the end of one political career, that of Assemblywoman Gail Phoebus. The whopper Skylands told about the district office lockdown and OLS destroyed her credibility in Trenton and left colleagues questioning her state of mind. It was downhill from there.
Anyone working with the Skylands website -- and that goes for a couple of low key Freeholders -- should be aware that you cannot treat the family members of candidates the way you treat candidates. They are not necessarily public figures.
While we welcome the presence of more blogs in Sussex County and Northwest New Jersey, you cannot just make things up. It brings down the entire enterprise. Just a friendly reminder, blog-to-blog.