Marlboro Councilwoman Carol Mazzola Switches Parties

Former Republican joins the Democratic Party.  Says Local Democrats Put People First

Marlboro Councilwoman Carol Mazzola has joined the Democratic Party and will seek reelection this fall as a member of her new party, Muncipal Chairman and Council President Frank LaRocca announced today.

“Mayor Jon Hornik and Chairman LaRocca are doing phenomenal jobs,” Mazzola said. “It’s always people first with their team; not politics first. The Council is doing an excellent job and I feel very comfortable being part of their team. They have the best interests of Marlboro at heart.”

Mazzola is the second Republican to switch parties and join Mayor Jonathon Hornik’s and LaRocca’s team since they were first elected in 2007.  Coucilman Jeff Cantor, a former Republican Freeholder candidate, became a member of the Marlboro Democratic team in 2009.

Marlboro GOP Co-Muncipal Chair Selika Joshiah Gore said she was saddened by Mazzola’s decision.

“I think it is unfortunate that Carol has decided that she can not seek reelection under the principles of the Republican Party,” said Gore, “while I wish her well, I don’t think she’s acting in the best interests of the citizens of Marlboro.”

Gore said that as Mazzola’s former running mate, in addition to being a Municipal Party leader, she was disappointed that the councilwoman did not reach out to her personally before switching parties.

Mazzola said the local Republican leadership in Marlboro is “filled with petty politics.” “They don’t even understand how the government works. They only see issues through politics and their personal animosities. It’s an easy decision to run with those that have Marlboro’s interests at heart rather than those who only see petty politics.”

Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal on the Mazzola switch stated “We welcome Councilwoman Mazzola to the Monmouth County Democrats. Her decision to join a party that fights for our tax-payers and small businesses is a testament to the great leadership in Marlboro of Mayor Jon Hornik and the Township Council.”

Monmouth GOP Chairman John Bennett was not immediately available for comment.

Hornik and LaRocca sung praises for Mazzola

“Carol has been a partner in moving Marlboro forward through difficult times,” LaRocca said. “I look forward to working with her for an even brighter future in Marlboro.”

“We have worked hard to move Marlboro in the right direction,” said Hornik. “Councilwoman Mazzola is right for our team.”

Posted: January 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Marlboro | Tags: , , , , , , | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Marlboro Councilwoman Carol Mazzola Switches Parties”

  1. If ya can't beat 'em, said at 5:06 pm on January 16th, 2013:

    join ’em.. I’d say good riddance, since it is obviously more important to win again in a largely Dem town, and anybody of that mindset cares more about their title than principle, so go, buh-bye..

  2. Don't Let The said at 6:00 pm on January 16th, 2013:

    Door hit you in the backside as you leave. It might damage the door. This is mostly about egos and “wanting to belong” to the winning team for political advantage. That, and these chameleons probably never had Republican ideals to begin with.

    I despise people who change parties like that.

  3. A house divided said at 7:14 am on January 17th, 2013:

    cannot stand, I can understand it was probably hard on her the whole time. Her husband Gerry Sovelove is a big deal Dem who I hear worked on Clinton election campaign and only became repub so she could run. Her stepson Marc Sovelove was a Dem councilman in Morris County.

    Something is def wrong
    Under Muni Chair John Gibardi Jeff Cantor – a war hero switched
    and prominent repubs Bonnie and Marc Rosenwald started working on Dem campaigns in Marlboro
    Even Captain Shatal a really popular Indian Repub would not support Mazzola when she ran in 2009 so he could support the Dems
    And where is/was Kleinberg
    Now Chris Dean lost Mazzola to the Dems
    What the hec?
    Thank God for Chairman Bennett he has a good history in Marlboro and when finds out he will figure out whats wrong and get things back on track
    I know when he ran he would raise money and help the towns and Marlboro looks like it really needs good help.

  4. Bennett who? said at 7:19 am on January 17th, 2013:

    You Republicans crack me up.
    Even Mayor Fiore was on here praising Mayor Hornik.
    You have no idea what’s coming at you.
    The democrats are taking back Monmouth.
    After you all beat each other up and have your crazy tea party convention you will come out limping and we will be ready for you.
    We have a real Chairman and he has a road map to take you all down this year.
    Cannot wait until Arnone realizes Cantor is running against him.
    Cantor is going to wipe the floor with him just like we will in other assembly and senate races
    Monmouth will not be so Republican next year!

  5. brian said at 9:39 am on January 17th, 2013:

    someone’s off their meds again………….

  6. Charles M said at 11:31 am on January 17th, 2013:

    This shows weakness, lack of character, and lack of leadership, something this party does not need!

  7. monmouth girl said at 12:17 pm on January 17th, 2013:

    Jeff Cantor! oh stop making me laugh my sides are hurting.

    He ran for Freeholder once – or should I say he was on the ballot. Clare French, Kim Guadgno and Rob Clifton did all the running in that election. Jeff thought if he wore his medals everyone would line up to vote for him- WRONG! He military service is outstanding but if you want to win an election you got to actually WORK. Knock on a door or two, show up at an event. And if you lose don’t run out of the building without saying “thank you” to the people who actually worked for you – the ones that put up signs and handed out fliers and then never show up at another event again! Andrew Lucas lost, so did John Curley but they didn’t say “screw the GOP because I am not a Freeholder.” No they stayed active and involved – Andrew is honorable serving Manalpan and John is now a Freeholder. They didnt jump ship. Oh by the way who are you Senate and Assembly Candidates – and the other Freeholder and Sheriff ones as well since you are in the know?

  8. Middletowner said at 3:28 pm on January 17th, 2013:

    With Chris Christie at the top of the ticket, I doubt any even remotely-known Democrat will run in Monmouth County this year. Grenagefe is a lock, probably Shea, Steinhorn…

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