GIULIANO FAMILY, DONORS, FRIENDS SIGN PRIMARY, INDEPENDENT CHALLENGE PETITIONS FOR PRIMARY, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE BOURNE
On petitions to challenge party-endorsed Democratic Mayoral nominee Dan Drew to a primary and on petitions to get onto the ballot as an independent mayoral candidate for the November municipal election, Christine Bourne submitted signatures from the following people:
1. Paul Giuliano, son of Republican Mayor Sebastian Giuliano.
2. Ralph and Linda Wilson. Mr. Wilson is one of Giuliano's top donors. In May, he and his wife Linda Wilson donated the maximum allowable contribution of $1,000 each to Giuliano's campaign. They have also donated thousands of dollars to Giuliano in each of the last three election cycles.
3. Debra Milardo, the City of Middletown personnel director and one of Giuliano's closest advisors.
"Why are Seb Giuliano's family, donors, and friends helping someone who presumably wants to challenge him?" said Democratic Town Committee Chairwoman Lisa Santangelo. "The answer is because, by helping Christine, they help Seb."
"This is an attempt to sabotage the Drew campaign by spending money in a primary and then splitting the Democratic vote in the general election," Santangelo said.
This explains why the following things happened during the Democratic Party nomination process:
· She was quoted as saying that she asked for the blessing and advice of the current Republican mayor as to whether she should run for the office he holds. When a candidate runs for office, it is because he or she feels the incumbent is not doing a good enough job. If Mrs. Bourne feels Mr. Giuliano is not doing a good enough job, why did she seek his advice before deciding whether to challenge him?
· Mrs. Bourne is a longtime Democratic Town Committee and Democratic State Central Committee member and knows the process required to seek nomination for the office of Mayor of the City of Middletown. She never indicated her interest to run for mayor during the Democratic Town Committee nomination process.
· The only reason Mrs. Bourne has given for running is that she always wanted to be mayor. She has not stated any goals she wishes to achieve nor listed any reasons she believes she should oust the current Republican mayor.
“Does she believe the current Republican mayor should not be re-elected?” Santangelo said. “I believe the people who signed her petition have answered that question.”