OPINION: Voters Shouldn’t Tolerate Retaliation From Long Beach Twp. Officials

TO THE EDITOR: In light of national events, I am baffled that the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former employee of Mayor Joe Mancini has not been discussed. What is even more disturbing is that threats of retaliation were carried out. This lady was revictimized when the mayor followed through on his threat to accuse her of theft after his advances were rejected. We will never know exactly what happened, since a settlement was reached. Was she paid to remain silent? I don’t know, but it seems she suffered retribution for standing up for herself.

The Long Beach Township commissioners and Mayor Joseph Mancini

The Long Beach Township commissioners and Mayor Joseph Mancini

As a mother, a nurse, and a woman, I want to know this history prior to the election. Are there other local women who were also harassed and/or bullied, and are too scared to speak up? Let me speak for them. Should I be afraid of retribution? False allegations? Will I (or my family) be targeted  for harassment and retaliation, as has been alleged by others?

I can not endorse anyone with a track record like this. More recently, the female challenger, Ms. Hagler, was targeted, with taxpayer money, via a case challenging her residency within Long Beach Township. Clearly, this case was frivolous, as the judge ruled in her favor within minutes.

This local election, and the Mayor, are eerily reminiscent of other men in power, whose first response to accusations was screaming LIAR…as happened to the female plaintiff, and more recently, Ms. Hagler.

We cannot tolerate this behavior by our elected officials.

Lisa Braunwell

Ship Bottom, NJ

 

Lisa Braunwell

Lisa Braunwell is a resident of Ship Bottom, New Jersey

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5 Responses

  1. Concerned Taxpayer says:

    Doesn’t anyone find this suspicious? Does anyone think that maybe the counter charges or complaints against her were to force her to drop her charges and allegations against him? Even if she did do what he alleges, the investigation and subsequent charges against her came after her initial allegations against him to stop his unwanted sexual advances, propositions, inappropriate comments and harassment! Was she ever convicted of any crime? Just saying.

  2. freedomfromcorruption says:

    The problem with this type of stuff is the voters DO tolerate it. Example: Stafford Township’s Mayor was re-elected after being proven to be a liar. It’s throughout the County and until the voters stop voting a straight line, this garbage will continue. The voter’s need to pay attention and make changes.

  3. Salmah says:

    The woman mentioned was not the first, last or only victim of Mayor Mancini. He has decades of bad deeds. I heard he put that woman through hell and ended up having to pay her over a million dollars to keep it out of open court.

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