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Cherry Hill Residents Speak Out

March 3, 2010

Dan Keashen

Last week, Cherry Hill Republican Committee Chairman Rich Ambrosino wrote Mayor Bernie Platt a letter that echoed the Courier Post’s call for the resignation of Platt’s chief of staff (and the Township’s primary spokesperson) Dan Keashen.  The Post and Ambrosino’s actions were based on the fact that Keashen deliberately lied to the press, and thus mislead the public as to the Mayor’s whereabouts during the recent state of emergency.

Following Mr. Ambrosino’s lead, we posted a petition calling for the the same action.

Here are what some of those petitioners are saying:

“This whole debacle is a disgrace.”

“I am liberal to the very core and join you all in solidarity in calling out the incompetence that oozes from City Hall. Bravo.”

“The extended stays in Florida and the lying are reasons enough for Platt to resign, but the fact that Mayor Platt missed the new governor’s meeting with NJ mayors is beyond dereliction of duty. Mayor Platt himself must resign. Yes, mayors may take vacations–but not for a month each year, PLUS a mayor must be able and ready to fly back home for a crisis or a meeting such as the NJ mayors meeting. The common working person in Cherry Hill works harder that Platt!”

“A Chief of Staff is a position of trust and he has proven he can’t be trusted. Either he goes or Bernie does. If the only reason he lied was because he was told to do it, that’s different in which case Bernie should go too.”

“I have said it before to Dan Keashen that he is nothing but a “Spindoctor”, and he can’t be trusted. He called it an offensive remark, but his track record proves that he is exactly what I have known him to be all along. Remove him!!!”

“Keashen is not only a liar (sometimes forgivable depending on circumstances), he is a serial liar, and not only that, but the kind of reflexive serial liar that seems peculiar to modern politics. It is bad enough to have this inflicted on us at the national level – John Edwards; it is wholly unacceptable when the most local of public servants shows the same dull contempt for local residents. For his part Platt has always lacked gravitas to the point that he is almost a cartoon mayor, but his political tin ear and lack of wisdom on this Keashen issue shows that he is exactly the wrong man to take us through the serious-as-poison fiscal crisis that NJ is currently attempting to address. Both should tender resignations, or, in the alternative, should be forced from office. “

How long is Platt going to ride this gravy train? It’s time for it to end!

very poor judgement from all parties involved. unexcusable behavior. elected officials need to be held accountable for thier actions.

Run all three out on a rail…

Keashen is not only a liar (sometimes forgivable depending on circumstances), he is a serial liar, and not only that, but the kind of reflexive serial liar that seems peculiar to modern politics. It is bad enough to have this inflicted on us at the national level – John Edwards; it is wholly unacceptable when the most local of public servants shows the same dull contempt for local residents. For his part Platt has always lacked gravitas to the point that he is almost a cartoon mayor, but his political tin ear and lack of wisdom on this Keashen issue shows that he is exactly the wrong man to take us through the serious-as-poison fiscal crisis that NJ is currently attempting to address. Both should tender resignations, or, in the alternative, should be forced from office.

Who voted for these Hypocrites, Self-Centered Vultures, and Lying Weasels who call themselves Cherry Hill Town Council? They continually pull the wool over the Cherry Hill public’s eyes… and much of the public still believes them????? Why????

They have deceived residents on township development contracts that have drawn the attention of Federal Investigators for illegalities, found themselves ensarled in countless lawsuits including a “Whistleblower Case” two years ago for firing an attorney who refused to help them cover up a shady development deal, lied about zoning issues on a probation center and an adult sex store that were set to establish operations near residential communities, and their own Building Inspector faces jail time for financial improprieties.

These are just a few examples of lies on a long,countless list… and still these stooges remain in office??? Now comes the Dan Keashen issue. Keashen has and continues to be the spokesman who weaves information to cover up town council’s shananigans.

Yes, the streets were cleared and thus the snow issue was taken care of by whoever was “Mayor-for-the-Day”. But, if this incident had been a more serious problem… HOW DO YOU TRUST PEOPLE WHO LIE???? Common sense says… “YOU CAN’T”!!!!!

Dan constantly “spins” information to make his colleagues’ actions and their agendas look “pretty” to the public. While his offical title is Chief of Staff… Dan Keashen is a “Spindoctor” who has overstepped integrity with blatant lies. Even in his poor effort to defend himself, Keashen said he “misspoke”? I ASK…. What’s the difference between “misspoke” and “lied” in this case? Sounds prettier?????

Keashen is the “little boy who will always cry WOLF”. Can’t ever believe him. Keashen MUST go!!!!!!!!

How difficult is it to tell the TRUTH! We expect that from our paid public servants! He should be fired – NOW.

If Keashen is supposed to be the spokesperson of our township and liason to the press, what else is he lying about? And why are we paying him 80K a year to do it?

If the township got along fine without the mayor in town for a month, do we need him either?

Not suprised!!!

“Mis-spoke is still a lie. And should not be tolerated by servants of the people.”

When will the residents of Cherry Hill wise up and get rid of people like Bernie Platt? Please for the sake of all of our wallets stop voting for George Norcross’ puppet, Bernie Platt.

They’re all liars, that’s why we’re in such trouble here in NJ. We need to start prosecutions, then maybe we’ll get rid of these bums. Thank God we now have a more “law and order” Governor, who won’t stand for this nonsense.

If Mayor Platt does not fire Keashon, then we would have to believe that Keashon was instructed by the Mayor to lie as to the Mayor’s whereabouts. HONESTY IN GOVERNMENT (AS WELL AS IN EVERYTHING ELSE) IS ESSENTIAL. The firing of Keashon will show us that the Mayor had nothing to do with the lies. The outcome will be interesting.

Mayor Platt should resign, he cannot be trusted.

The Mayor is intitled to a vacation.  That is not the problem. His spokesman is the problem.  We need and should demand integrity in our Govt Officials and they should demand integrity from those who work for their Office. Innocent mistakes can be forgiven and overlooked, intentional ones should not be.

This is oureageous behavior. We support your efforts to get Mr. Keashen removed and increase Cherry Hill government transparency.

The behavior of the mayor’s office is deplorable! If I displayed this lack of work ethic and dishonesty in my job, I would be fired! We need passionate people that will serve in positions within government service, with a focus on commitment, integrity, honesty and a desire to get the job done with fiscal responsibility. This Cherry Hill government party is a disgrace to the history and culture that Cherry Hill has represented for generations. Give us our township back!

My father would always say…….

“Go Big or Go Home”.

“Take pride in EVERYTHING you do or say”.

“Always think about how your words and actions will affect others”.

This current government lacks the key attributes in appropriate human behavior. My children demonstrate behaviors that consistently represent goodness, honesty, commitment to community service, their friends and neighbors. Why is that so challenging for these politicians?

We will continue to bang the drum until our voices are heard and our officials hold themselves to the high standards the public demands and deserves.

Thank you to all those who have lent their names to the petition.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. George Petersen, Jr permalink
    June 30, 2010 11:04 pm

    Bernie Platt is a total disgrace to our community … He is a very wealthy man that has absolutely no understanding of how older folk must live on a VERY fixed income … He is an ‘old-school’ spender that knows no bounds … He proudly proclaims, we cut ,we cut more, we cut so much more, we simply cannot cut any more – and then – and then – our taxes GO UP anyway !!! … He is an amazing slacker that gets away with intense cutting that always ends up with our taxes rising … He has absolutely no ide what he is doing and what’s more he doesn’t care … Lay off 6 policemen and then throw a fireworks bash that he hopes private sector money will pay for !!! He hopes this will happen ??? !!! … Bernie resign immediately (with your ignorant smile still pasted on your face) and allow a real mayor to step forward and fiscally manage the town of Cherry Hill … Your days of effective management are somewhere lost in the very distant past … You are currently an insult to the integrity of every Cherry Hill taxpayer and family … Ever so bluntly sir, you are incompetent ..

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