MORRIS COUNTY — Republican freeholder candidates Lou Valori, Roman Hirniak and Peter King, the Morris County United team, said character matters and that it’s time for politicians in Morris County to stop circling the wagons in an attempt to protect the status quo.
In a recent news report that states Tom Mastrangelo “filed criminal complaints” against the Morris County United Team for allegedly releasing certain expunged records pertaining to Mastrangelo’s past.
Morris County United campaign manager, Steve Kush, said, “We dismiss any such allegations as the latest in a long line of attempts by Freeholder Mastrangelo to intimidate the Morris United Team. This is par for the course from someone with a history of leadership through fear and intimidation. I have retained counsel, who advises that both the law and the facts of this matter are in our favor. Moreover, counsel is exploring the commencement of a civil action against Tom Mastrangelo for malicious prosecution and all available remedies.”
“The real issue is character, meaning of moral excellence. Lou Valori, Roman Hirniak and Peter King are three men of character,” Kush said. “Lou Valori retired from the U.S. Army Reserves as a Lieutenant Colonel and was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. Roman Hirniak is a very active member of his community and serves as a Pedagogical Advisor to the Ukranian Educational Council. Peter King, a former Captain in the U.S. Army, was in active combat during the Persian Gulf War and earned various medals, including a Bronze Star. I am proud to stand with these men and sincerely hope their character and high moral standards rub off on me.”
“The difference between candidates in this race is clear,” Kush explained. “Three men who do what is best for their country and their communities or a bunch of politicians circling the wagons around a man hiding behind lawyers in an attempt to prevent voters from judging his character.”
“William Shakespeare said, ‘the past is prologue’ and I believe it,” Parsippany Council President Lou Valori said, “From the very first time I ran for office I knew going into the campaign my life would be under a microscope, and it should be, as should any candidate’s. Considering an extra officer from the Sheriff’s Department was assigned to freeholder meetings after an incident between Mastrangelo and another freeholder, character is very important in this race.”
“I agree, character does matter, which is why I feel it is important to set the record straight regarding certain events that were recently reported.” Randolph Township Mayor Roman Hirniak explained, “In a recent news report, Assemblyman Bucco claimed he spoke with me after a breakfast event. I have no idea why Tony would say something like that. I arrived at the breakfast event very late, coming from the Township Little League Opening Day Parade, and certainly didn’t chat with him either during or after the presentation.”
“Freeholders Cabana and DeFillippo, as well as John Krickus, should all stop protecting Tom Mastrangelo,” land use expert and municipal prosecutor Peter King stated. “They should welcome transparency. They should stop protecting the status quo. They aren’t and instead choose to protect one another, just as they did during the years when all four of them sat on the Freeholder Board together. The people of Morris County deserve better.”