Not only do Acting Union County Democratic Chair Colleen Mahr and Senator Nick Scutari (D-22) disagree on who should be the next chair of the county party organization.
They differ on how.
Scutari wants a hand raise vote by the county committee people on Feb. 21st at the Grand Centurion.
Mahr wants machines employed, and to that end she has retained attorney William Northgrave.
“Most people should be able to vote their conscience without fear of any impact or embarrassment,” Mahr wrote in a letter to attorney Edward Kologi of Linden and CC’d to Scutari, Attorney Robert Renaud and Hillside Democratic Committee Chair Anthony Salters.
The acting chair invoked the case of Reynolds v. Sims in arguing that voters’ “right to exercise the franchise in a free and unimpaired manner is preservative of basic and civil and political rights.
“To deny our committee that right is in-American,” said Mahr, citing the need to organize a process for over 800 committee votes to determine the next chair of the county party organization.
Scutari argued his position over the weekend in an InsiderNJ op-ed.
“I have reviewed the County Committee by-laws… Based upon our review, and I have highlighted the applicable sections, it is absolutely clear that an open vote be conducted to fill the spot of County Chair,” the state senator said. “Further review of the by-laws, also highlighted, notes that no changes to this process may be made in advance of the scheduled convention at this late date. Therefore, any attempt to hide the vote and the will of the committee members is not in the best interest of a smooth and orderly convention on the 21st. Further, it would open up the Democratic Party to legal scrutiny and it does not benefit our party members or future leaders to be involved in such a discourse. As such, I remain committed to an open, transparent process regarding the election of a new Party Chair.”
Salters responded to the situation in aggrement with Mahr.