Attention Monmouth Democratic Campaign Workers: No Jobs For You!

Monmouth County Freeholder Candidate Larry Luttrell partying with a model in Atlantic City in February, 2013. facebook photo

Monmouth County Freeholder Candidate Larry Luttrell partying with a model and squinting like Frank Pallone in Atlantic City in February, 2013. facebook photo

If you’re a Monmouth County Democrat thinking about a career in government, working on Larry Luttrell and Joe Grillo’s freeholder campaign could be hazardous to your ambitions.

Luttrell and Grillo told the Asbury Park Press that the fact that Freeholder Director Lillian Burry’s 2011 campaign treasurer, Bill Bucco, was given a raise and a promotion after three years in a county administrative job where he streamlined operations and found $200,000 in revenue due the county that was never collected is “politics at its worst.”

I wonder how Luttrell and Grillo feel about the job Congressman Frank Pallone got for his wife at the EPA.  Where were they when the Democrats had control of the Monmouth County Board of Freeholders in 2009 and put their losing freeholder candidate, Glenn Mason, into the job has Director of the Office of Emergency Management?

I must have missed their press release condemning Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto’s new job as a “consultant” with ties to South Jersey Democratic Boss George Norcross, which Preito somehow manages to do while collecting six figures from his three government jobs.

The Essex County Democrats who are holding a fundraiser for Luttrell and Grillo next month don’t hire their campaign workers either.  Right?  Wrong.  Essex County Freeholder Brendan Gill left his job on Senator Cory Booker’s staff to work on his reelection campaign.  I wonder where Gill will work when Booker is reelected?

“Politics at its worst” is creating a scandal where there isn’t one and besmirching someone’s good name for nothing more than your own political gain.   That’s what Luttrell and Grillo are doing here, just like Luttrell and his 2013 running mate Brian Froelich did last year in their losing campaigns against Freeholders Tom Arnone and Serena DiMaso. Unfortunately, they apparently have no ideas on how to improve Monmouth County government, so we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of this nonsense between now and November.

Bucco was appointed Monmouth County Adjuster after Burry was reelected in 2011. The job was vacant due to a retirement and it had to be filled statute.  By all accounts, Bucco performed very well in the job.   He netted Monmouth County taxpayers $200,000 that was due from the state going back six years and he improved the record keeping and efficiency of his office.  The Adjuster oversees the paperwork for residents with disabilities who are placed in State facilities and assists police departments in doing mental health background checks for people applying for gun permits.

In February, Bucco was assigned with making similar improvements in the Mental Health and Addictions Services Division. He was given a raise from $42,600 to $50,000 and the title, Acting Assistant Director.  Bucco is an administrator.  He does not deal with clients with mental health or addiction issues as part of his job.

But Luttrell and Grillo want to make Bucco’s job about the heroin epidemic.

“This affects people’s lives. This heroin epidemic in Monmouth County is nothing like we’ve ever seen before,” Luttrell said, who is running with Grillo this year against Burry and Freeholder Gary Rich. “They should care more about the people facing that epidemic than rewarding their friends and campaign staffs with political patronage jobs.”

Shameful politicization of a serious health crisis.

It is ridiculous to tie Bucco to the heroin epidemic.  But since Luttrell and Grill did it, it should be noted that heroin deaths are down 19% on an annualized basis since Bucco got the new responsibilities.  Not that he had anything to do with that result.



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Posted: August 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth Democrats, Opinion | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 20 Comments »

20 Comments on “Attention Monmouth Democratic Campaign Workers: No Jobs For You!”

  1. Dirk Diggler said at 8:15 pm on August 24th, 2014:

    Remember when the Dems got control of the Board when Barbara got elected as a Dem, and Vic Scudiery wanted her to can everyone and appoint his people for patronage – she said “no,” changed parties, and the Dems haven’t been back since.

  2. Jim Granelli said at 8:18 pm on August 24th, 2014:

    This is much similar to the politicization going on with the bogus indictment of Perry, the three times thrown out charges against Walker and the long overdrawn Bridge Gate investigation.

    What the Democrats can not win at the ballot box, they either turn to the courts or attempt to defile good people with bogus charges.

    If that’s all they have, we Republicans are in good shape.

  3. Proud Republican said at 9:37 pm on August 24th, 2014:

    Only the Democrats can find fault with promoting a person who has done a spectacular job and saved the taxpayers a boatload of money. But then, what do you expect from a party whose leader can discuss an American’s beheading and run to the golf course without a care in the world. Jim is right, if this is their strategy, they are even more pathetic than we thought.

  4. Jim Granelli Also said at 9:57 pm on August 24th, 2014:

    It’s a sickness with liberals. They can’t sidestep using the ALS challenge to politicize things with sick rhetoric

    Ah, which party is the party of hateful rhetoric?

    With things mentioned in Art’s post above and the above linked article; one can easily see it is the modern Democrat Party. Blue Dog and older Democrats must be shaking their heads in embarrassment.

  5. trouble in marlboro said at 9:14 am on August 25th, 2014:

    will you all know who is behind all this smear campaigning, none other then johnny hornick. it fits his m.o. this is how he and his little law buddy do politics. they are chicago style thugs, when it comes to politics . they have been dirty from the start, they made stuff up every election cycle they have been in. they have a group of hangers on that do most of their dirty work, but they spread the word as well. they cannot run on their record, because their record shows how much they spend feeding their buddies, how else can you explain how hornick get over 100,000 dollars to run his campaigns? the money is coming form some where, and its not because he’s that lived in town. so im sure you will all be seeing a lot more of this kind of character assassination.

  6. @Trouble in Marlboro said at 9:40 am on August 25th, 2014:

    The money is coming from somewhere? So tell us. Go to ELEC on line and tell us. Back up your statements before you start your rant.

    Since your in the “know” can you tell us why the local Republican Club dissolved? Is it because of lack of attendance? Apathy? or both.

    The R’s have been clueless ever since the arrest and conviction of former Mayor Scannapieco and former Council President Broderick on corruption charges.

  7. Jim Granelli said at 11:02 am on August 25th, 2014:

    @ @Trouble In Marlboro.

    We already know politicians like Frank Pallone wheel money into towns in order to buy seats. $100,000 for a municipal election in Marlboro of all places? My God, why would you need such kind of money.

    Do you really think Frank Pallone need’s $3,000,000 in his account to win his seat?

    After all, David Brat won a primary with less than $300,000.

    And, as noted above, Essex Democrats are holding a fund raiser for MONMOUTH COUNTY’S Democrat candidates.

    This stuff is done all the time, by both Republicans and Democrats. So please @Trouble, don’t be so naive.

    FYI, for people that like to track donations and receipts, here’s another good way:

  8. Joe D said at 8:02 am on August 26th, 2014:

    The Democrats are running candidates this Fall? I did not know. Must be a covert operation as its a big secret they actually have candidates.

  9. trouble in marlboro said at 8:19 am on August 26th, 2014:

    @@@ trouble in marlboro, i have looked up the elec reports. hornick has thousands wheeled in for bergen, middlesex, etc. a bunch of indian names giving the max amount. why would someone form out of the county give the max to a little town in central jersey? why is johnny running around monmouth and working so hard for the dems in manalapan, millstone etc. is it so he can get more business for decotis? maybe take over some water aurth s, or sewer auth s? that is the first thing they did in marlboro, and guess how much decotis made? thats right 800,000 dollars for changing the name on the bonds. that is a nice pay day. they have already taken over all the water and sewer auth S in those dem counties, now they have to come to monmouth where the last of the low lying fruit is. its all about feeding the machine.

  10. It's always about said at 2:29 pm on August 26th, 2014:

    dividing up the pie-$$..Some firms more greedy/aggressive than others.. Dems always pay more attention and help themselves, and their friends, better..

  11. JRSMITH said at 2:40 pm on August 26th, 2014:

    You mean the same way the Republicans do.The Republicans in Monmouth are always feeding there machine.So stop with the making your party out to be SAINTS.

  12. @ JRSmith said at 5:30 pm on August 26th, 2014:

    As someone above said, both Democrats and Republicans do it so no one is making them out t be saints.

    Learn how to read before you stick your foot in your mouth again

  13. Concerned Conservative said at 9:47 pm on August 27th, 2014:

    Let’s get back to the point of the article. Can someone clarify whether this Bucco kid earns $50k as the County Adjuster, or whether he now earns that salary plus additional income from his new “assistant director” gig?

  14. Art Gallagher said at 10:37 pm on August 27th, 2014:

    Kid Bucco earns a total of $50K

  15. Concerned Conservative said at 11:01 pm on August 27th, 2014:

    That’s what I found on the public records, but wanted to be sure before opening my mouth.

    If this is the game that the D’s are going to play this season, they must be running out of ideas (or perhaps didn’t have any to begin with). Taking a shot at a kid who holds two jobs for $50k per year because he worked on a freeholder’s campaign isn’t exactly a “gotcha” moment. Essex, Hudson and Middlesex, all D strongholds, are rampant with political patronage on a sinister level. These D freeholder candidates (I heard their names for the first time in this article) have literally no idea what their campaign is about.

  16. Just Another said at 8:46 am on August 28th, 2014:

    Great Reason To Support The County Republicans This Fall

  17. Question is: said at 9:29 am on August 28th, 2014:

    how did the D’s even hear about this one employee, who just happens to have volunteered for one freeholder, out of some 2700?? Sounds like an “inside- info” deal, to me… ??

  18. DEM said at 12:42 pm on August 28th, 2014:

    Falsehood with no substance that’s what the Republicans out here stand for.The only one who for the most part who talks with facts is Jim G. I may not agree with him but he does.

  19. Ok, then, said at 4:31 pm on August 28th, 2014:

    how would the two unknown Dem candidates hear of one employee’s move, and why would they care and make a ( false) issue of it?? FACT: Monmouth County’s taxpayers get a hell of a lot more for their county tax dollars than the other 20 do- that’s why our roads are more crowded and the new homes are going up and going fast: ask some of your fellow newbies why they came here… FACT: where else has there been a zero tax increase at the county level, for 4 straight years?? I’d bet not where most of you came from, bringing your flawed perceptions and bad little voting habits down here,with you!

  20. MoreMonmouthMusings » Blog Archive » Jackson Councilmen Cleared Of Ethics Charges Over Appointment said at 6:06 am on September 3rd, 2014:

    […] week, Luttrell and Grillo invented a new “scandal” that is very similar to the Jackson “scandal” that the Local Finance Board ruled […]