Is this hypocrisy?
Is it Chutzpah?
It may be a combination of the two.
New Jersey Assembly Member Vince Mazzeo hired Craig Callaway as a campaign consultant in each of his successful state campaigns.
It’s 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019.
In fact, without Callaway, Mazzeo would never have beaten former Coven John Amodeo in 2013; the race fell to less than 100 votes.
Callaway has been the undisputed difference maker on behalf of Mazzeo.
Additionally, Mazzeo and his running mate John Armato largely followed Republicans John Risley and Phil Guenther in 2019.
It was Callaway’s much-vaunted vote by the behemoth mail organization that propelled Mazzeo and Armato to victory from behind just two years ago.
Without Callaway, Mazzeo’s electoral career would have long come to an end.
Now, a week after the vote began, Mazzeo and his fellow Democrats are bashing Assembly candidate Don Guardian for hiring Callaway as a campaign consultant.
It is hypocrisy and it is daring.
Here is the truth. Callaway announced on WPG Talk Radio 95.5’s “Hurley in the Morning” in early 2021 that he “would never support Vince Mazzeo again.”
Callaway essentially fired Mazzeo and other Atlantic County Democrats as customers.
That’s the only reason they’re trashing Callaway and Atlantic County Republicans in the dying days of the 2021 ruling.
If they (the Atlantic County Democrats) could have hired Callaway this year, they certainly would have.
Callaway is going to have a major impact in Atlantic City, Pleasantville, Egg Harbor City and elsewhere.
In 2021, Callaway’s efforts will benefit a number of Republican candidates, not Democrats.
For this reason and only for this reason, some Democrats in Atlantic County have no choice but to trash the same person (Callaway) they would gladly have hired.
The proverbial proverb from the mid-19th century, “Politics makes strange bedfellows,” rings true in every way.