Buono's Campaign Defends Milly Silva's Voting Record

Lt. governor pick missed voting in elections because she devoted 'long hours to helping thousands of New Jerseyans get to the polls,' Buono spokesman said.

Milly Silva speaks at a recent event highlighting foreclosures in New Jersey while surrounded by U.S. Senate candidates and Sen. Barbara Buono in this file photo.
Milly Silva speaks at a recent event highlighting foreclosures in New Jersey while surrounded by U.S. Senate candidates and Sen. Barbara Buono in this file photo.

Campaign staffers for state Sen. Barbara Buono on Tuesday defended the voting record of Milly Silva, Buono’s pick for lieutenant governor, after reports surfaced that suggest Silva’s participation in the democratic process is spotty.

Politickernj.com reported Monday, hours after Buono introduced Silva as her running mate, that Silva’s voting record is sporadic, citing that voting records indicate that the labor leader did not vote in the election that put Chris Christie and Kim Guadagno into office.

The Buono campaign on Tuesday admitted that Silva did not vote in some elections, but said the SIEU 1199 executive vice president was unable to vote because she was too busy helping others get to the polls.

"Every election day, Milly Silva dedicates long hours to helping thousands of New Jerseyans get to the polls,’’ said David Turner, Buono spokesman. “There have been a couple of days when she was unable to cast her vote before the polls closed because she was arranging transportation for the poor, elderly and disabled who would have been unable to make it to their polling location on their own." 

The politics news website reported that Silva did not vote in a primary election until last year, did not vote in the last three legislative elections and failed to vote in the election that made Christie governor.

Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for Christie, has said Buono choice in running mate was a blunder.

"For the most important decision Barbara Buono will make as a candidate, she has chosen an activist from a well-funded labor union who is wholly unqualified with no experience in government or public service,” Roberts said. “Most importantly, this pick shows the desperate lengths Barbara Buono will go to in order to prop up her flailing campaign with special interest support.”

Edward france July 30, 2013 at 05:46 PM
What is the plan to create more jobs, cut property taxes , and reduce regulations, so more people can get back to making decent money so they can buy houses and pay for college etc?
Hugh July 31, 2013 at 03:04 PM
This team is committed to the same type of policies that destroyed Detroit and nearly destroyed New Jersey. Socialism only works until you run out of other people's money. All the Democrat's emphasis on gender, sexual identity and ethnic solidarity is a smokescreen to hide the completely ineffective- even destructive- effects of their economic agenda. Tax and Spend.
antonio movado July 31, 2013 at 08:47 PM
Hugh - You are 100 % correct. Thank God she doesnt have any chance of winning.... She was Corzines drone
Brian Ford July 31, 2013 at 10:18 PM
you are all so far lost - getting christie out is essential - your ignorance is sadly unsurprising... and since when is voting a lot a prerequisite for office?? given the choices the bipartisan corporate-owned jokers give us, i don't blame people for not voting these days
antonio movado July 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM
I think your so lost you need a map. Have you seen Buono's numbers ? Have you seen her state voting record ? Cmon man...
Hugh July 31, 2013 at 11:33 PM
I must insist that leftist zealots refrain from personal insult, ad hominem attacks and the rest of what passes for political discussion among leftists and neo-coms. Objectively measured, the policies enunciated by Buono in her campaign and evidenced by her voting record, are policies which lie at the root of the fiscal disaster stalking municipalities, states and even country at large. We, in our era, are witnessing the collapse of the welfare state in Europe. Now, the chickens are coming to roost here. Case in point: who among us doesn't know someone who has moved out of New jersey to escape ruinous taxation. A quick survey of the commuters crowding over the Delaware eastward in the a.m. and westward in the p.m. is conclusive proof of the accuracy of my statement.
Eyeballs August 01, 2013 at 04:57 PM
those WW2 veteran bums pushed hard for unions after they won the war. they ruined america. most of em probably get a handout from the VA. losers.
Hugh August 01, 2013 at 10:48 PM
antonio movado August 05, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I wouldnt call them bums but they did push for unions which in turn bled us dry.. Poor decisions result in poor results. Within the next 5 years unions will be a thing of the past.


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