ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- Robbinsville Mayor Dave Fried released audio Thursday morning of a voicemail from Hamilton Council Candidate Vinnie Capodanno in which he attacks the mayor for his stance on several matters between the two neighboring towns.
The more than three-minute voicemail, which was obtained by TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville, was received on Fried’s personal cell phone by Capodanno several weeks ago. Fried said that it is one of many such voicemails that he has received from Capodanno who added that the two have not spoken directly in months.
“This gives the people in Hamilton a sense of what it’s like operating with that team,” Fried said referring to the Yaede administration in Hamilton Township.
Capodanno confirmed to TAPinto Hamilton/Robbinsville that it was him on the voicemail to Fried.
“I was saying that he (Fried) interferes a lot with politics in Hamilton. Maybe it’s time for me to interfere with the politics of Robbinsville,” said Capodanno. “I’m against him coming here and trying to lie about and distort Mayor Yaede. I’ve told him dozens of times to leave our mayor alone.”
Asked why the Mayor chose to release the audio at this time Fried said that “Vinnie has been posting non-stop on my personal Facebook page, non-stop. Some are positive but the majority are negative.”
“Me and him debate. If he doesn’t like it, too bad for him. He’s a public official. I’m going to continue to be on his Facebook page,” Capodanno said.
“I’m 100 percent behind what I said. He (Fried) is so dumb everything I would say at a council meeting, he released. That’s how politically stupid he is,” said Capodanno.
In response, Fried said “My mom told me a long time ago that if you have nothing nice to say, you don’t say anything at all.”
Capodanno has previously served as a democrat on Hamilton Township Council but is running in the November general election as a Republican. He says that Mayor Kelly Yaede asked him to run on a ticket with her including during the contested primary election.
Capodanno accused Fried of “pumping money into the people running against me and the mayor in the primary.”
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Fried answered. “You can check my campaign report.”
As for the assertions that he would be attending Robbinsville Council meetings to speak out against Fried, Capodanno said he has no plans to do so in the coming future.
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