A high level Democratic source confirmed the selection with MMM.
Buono’s campaign kept the “short list” of possible running mates under very tight wraps in an effort avoid the controversy and inter-party bickering that occurred over Buono’s selection of the State Democratic Party Chairman for several weeks during the spring. Buono’s first choice for chairman, Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell was not embraced by party leaders, leading to an anticipated challenge by State Senator Ray Lesniak. All sides finally compromised on Passaic County Democratic Chairman John Currie becoming State Chairman.
The campaign was caught off guard by the information leaking this early, as they had hoped to announce the candidate on the statutory deadline, July 28, in order to avoid another round of second guessing from the likes of Lesniak, Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver.
Silva, 43, of Montclair, is married (to a man) and has young children. A career union organizer, Silva is a graduate of Columbia University and the Spence School, a private prep school in New York City. She represents low wage health care workers for the SEIU.