>For the past six years a Middletown resident and registered Democrat has been writing letters to the local papers expressing his displeasure with democrats in town. This person, Dominick Bongiorno, professes to be a life long democrat and an independent minded individual. Yet, since his first letter appeared in print back in Oct. 2002, all he has done is attack Middletown’s Democratic candidates.
In his 2002 letter, Mr. Bongiorno supported the Republican incumbents, Mayor Patrick Parkinson and Committeeman Raymond O’Grady over the Democratic challengers, which on the surface, I can respect for the reasons that he stated in his letter.
Who really cares that his choices of Parkinson and O’Grady ended their tenure on the township committee in disgrace, Parkinson for sexually harassing the former township clerk and O’Grady being sent to jail for taking bribes as part of “Operation Bid-Rig”?
In two subsequent letters written between May and September of 2007, Mr. Bongiorno attacked newly elected Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short with obvious Republican talking points, which by the way, were delivered better by other republican supporters previously. A third letter written that October, again parroted other republican letters that appeared in print critical of the Middletown Democratic candidates and their campaign for office.
Mr. Bongiorno’s most recent letter just printed in today’s(6/11/08) Independent, truly shows his partisan republican roots. In his letter he now makes a feeble attack on the other democrat sitting on the township committee, Sean Byrnes.
His letter “Byrnes should join efforts to stop flood maps”, Bongiorno falsely accuses Mr. Byrnes of delaying to vote on a resolution against the new FEMA flood maps.
The reason for the delay in adopting the resolution was not Byrnes’s fault, but the Mayor,s and Committeeman Wilkens’s. They were the ones playing partisan politics, insisting that Republican Assemblywoman Amy Handlin be given credit for taking on FEMA with her good for nothing petition against the flood maps.
It was Mr. Byrnes’s contention that our U.S Representative Frank Pallone’s name should also be included in the resolution along with Ms. Handlin’s, being that Pallone’s work in congress would be the only effective way of addressing the FEMA map controvery, because FEMA has stated that they have absolutely no intentions of addressing Handlin’s petitions.
In the past, members of the Middletown Democrat Party have made numerous attempts to talk with and invite Mr. Bongiorno to
their gathering and Mr. Bongiorno has declined those invitations. It is quite obvious therefore that Mr. Bongiorno is conveniently a Democrat by label only. And for reasons only known to him, has decided that it is in his best interest to parrot and spread the local GOP propaganda and lies.