October 20, 2019
"It has come to our attention that our opponents have referred to us as "dishonest" and "disingenuous", because of our platform about fixing infrastructure, and they claim we have left out certain facts. To be clear, we are not leaving out facts, we are simply focusing our campaign on the four current candidates for council and the issues that whomever is elected will face when elected.
The only reason we have referred to the previous administration is because one of our opponents, Pasquale Capozzoli, was a member of that administration.
In the words of Capozzoli & Penna For Council’s own mailer dated September 2019 (posted on their Facebook page on October 2nd):
“The former Borough Administrator sat on many of the projects that were initiated by the Republicans, which allowed them to fall into disrepair.” Those on the council, along with the Mayor, are responsible for the oversight of the Borough Administrator. Since Councilman Capozzoli has been on the council for six years, we are grateful that his own campaign is acknowledging that he was part of a lack of oversight that brought some of the Borough infrastructure into disrepair. On November 5th, the voters will decide if this admitted failed oversight is worthy of his reelection.
We believe Councilman Capozzoli has done his best in his six years on the council, however we believe we can do better. He, along with all other current and previous Mayors and Council members, deserve respect for stepping up to serve our community.
We have not and will not stoop to the personal attacks our opponents have, as there is no room for personal attacks in the better kind of politics towards which we strive. Additionally, we would like to point out that making generalizations about people because of their political party is stereotyping that has no place in a productive society or government.
Democrat or Republican, we believe all four candidates should be considered for election by the people of Caldwell based on their own records and statements. We believe campaigns should be about the public record and the validity of the ideas of those who seek them, not personal attacks or partisan generalizations."
Gates and DePalma-Iozzi for Caldwell