LD 12 Assembly candidate attempted to bribe a primary opponent into withdrawing from council election
Gene Davis, one the of LD 12 Democrat Assembly candidates, asked his opponent in the 2010 Democrat primary for Linden’s 5th ward council seat to withdraw from that election in exchange for his pledge to support her and “give” her his council seat when his plan to be appointed mayor came to fruition, according to NJTODAY.
Rhashonna Cosby-Hurling, Davis’s opponent, turned down the bribe, recorded the conversation, defeated Davis in the primary and went on the be elected the first African-Amerian woman elected to the Linden City Council, Ward 5.
Here’s Cosby-Hurling’s recording:
“I am willing—and I am a man of my word—to stand behind you and give you the seat. That’s my right hand to God on my grandchildren,” Davis said on the recording during a February 2010 rally while his running mate, Linden Council President Robert Bunk, was announcing his candidacy for mayor of the Union County City.
Bunk also lost in the 2010 Linden primary.
Davis admitted the voice on the recording was his and apologized, according to a NJ.com report.
The Assembly candidate did not return the message MMM left with his campaign manager. Cosby-Hurling had a lot to say when we reached her on the phone.
“I can’t believe he got on the ballot,” Cosby-Hurling said, “that’s hilarious.” “Is he opposed?” she asked. When informed that he was running against two incumbents and was not favored to win, Cosby-Hurling said, “Oh good!”
“The people should know he is a very dishonest man,” the councilwoman offered. “When he lost the primary to me, he and his wife packed up and left town, moved to Jackson, but he kept collecting his councilman’s salary.”
“He accomplished nothing, absolutely nothing, in his nine years on the council,” she said. “He was a yes man to the administration. What makes him think he can be a state lawmaker.”
Yes men is just what the Trenton Democrats and their special interest benefactors want in the legislature.
Davis owned and operated the White Crown Diner in Linden for twenty years. He earned his bachelors degree in public administration from Kean University after moving to Jackson, according to his website. Davis is a VIP member of the Worldwide Association of Notable Alumni.
For several hundred dollars, you too could be a VIP member of WWANA.
The 12th legislative district is comprised of Allentown, Chesterfield,Englishtown, Jackson, Manalapan, Matawan, Millstone (Monmouth), New Hanover,North Hanover, Old Bridge, Plumsted, Roosevelt, Upper Freehold, Wrightstown.