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And Now There Are Three

   The Press of Atlantic City has officially reported that Joe Polillo is attempting another Independent bid for Mayor of Atlantic City.  Michael Clark’s article reveals that Mr. Polillo has already accepted money for campaign coffers.  We wonder if this will jeopardize his talk show host gig. 

   Mr. Polillo is currently the guest host of Dan Klein’s South Jersey Insider talk radio show on Saturdays, 1-4pm on WIBG 1020.  FCC regulations state that when a candidate for public office appears on the airwaves his political competitors must be given equal time.

   Mr. Polillo conducted Scott Evans’s first radio interview on the SJ Insider show.  The two are now arguing over who deserves credit for the re-valuated tax bill phase-in.

The truth, Polillo said, is Evans’ tax relief ideas to implement a five-year phase-in plan and start a trust fund solely for property-tax relief were both originally his ideas.

“I’ve been saying that for years,” he said about the trust-fund plan.

   Mr. Polillo has an official campaign web-site.  It is difficult to determine what campaign the various items are from.  Mr. Polillo is on record stating that he is not very technologically savvy.  Yet there is a lot of time between now and November’s general election for Mr. Polillo to update his web-site.

   Both Mr. Polillo and Lorenzo Langford have been around city politics for a long time.  Mr. Langford has had his chance as Mayor.  Mayor Evans is new, but tainted with Callaway ties and a lack of substance.  Mr. Polillo is willing to venture $20,000 of his personal assets on the gamble that voters will think they were wrong to pass on him in 2005.  It is very appropriate for such a gamble to take place in Casino City.


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I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.


6 thoughts on “And Now There Are Three

  1. WIBG is a non- commercial station isn’t it?
    The FCC rules are different for non-coms, plus, did you check the FCC rules to see how and if they really apply in this circumstance?

    Posted by listener | March 4, 2008, 5:38 pm
  2. Harry Hurley often refers to the FCC equal time doctrine as if it applied to WIBG. I will make a further inquiry to get to the truth. Thank you for the tip.

    Posted by Jesse O. Kurtz | March 5, 2008, 10:07 am
  3. Polillo is an idiot and a joke. He’ll get even less votes this time because there are 2 realistic choices.

    Posted by dave202 | March 5, 2008, 4:30 pm
  4. Polillo says that he can continue until he has to offically file for the Nov. election, in June. He’s not running, of course, for the primary. It’s not generally known how Hurley makes a living or advances his political adjenda on a station that I thought was a non-profit. It never was or is apparently no longer carrying that status, although a little research would determine that, for anyone who cares. On the other hand, in practice, Hurley lets his favored candidates, i.e. whoever’s going to pay him the most, unlimited free time with his promotion and “many scheduled and unscheduled appearances” with the knowledge that opposing candidates would be reluctant to go on his show, 1-it would cause them to acknowlege they recognize his show as a real show, and 2-that he would try to mess them up to the best of his ability, and it would be a waste of time. It’s been like this for his whole career. He has people who pay him, he promotes them and demonizes their opponents any and all ways he can, true or not. The method doesn’t seem successful in the long run, as most of his “favored” candidates have lost, probably because of the association with him, the tactics and the show as a whole. People aren’t as stupid as he’d like.

    Posted by mystified | March 5, 2008, 9:29 pm
  5. Why would you say that about Polillo Dave? Everything I’ve heard him say regarding government is all common sense things like cops walking the beat, freezing the city budget, independent review of city departments, etc…
    Who are the other 2 realistic candidates? Langford who owes A.C. hundreds of thousands of dollars and according to Jesse’s OPRA document, increased the city budget by over $50 million dollars during his term and Evans, a firefighter with a GED. You gotta be joking, right?

    Posted by Chris | March 9, 2008, 3:04 am
  6. I agree that Polillo has good ideas, but he’s been such a gadfly for years, no one takes him seriously. His stint as King Neptune makes him a laughing stock. But nonetheless, I would rather have him as mayor than any one of our current crop of candidates. Sadly, however, he will never win because he’s not taken seriously.

    Posted by dave202 | March 11, 2008, 12:42 pm

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