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Former Atlantic City Mayor Don Guardian.

Guardian claims he went after corrupt pols, but can’t name one

Democrats call ex-Atlantic CIty mayor an ’empty bowtie with no integrity

By David Wildstein, October 06 2021 4:07 pm

Republican Assembly candidate Don Guardian claims to have gone after corrupt politicians when he was the mayor of Atlantic City, but when pressed on a radio show for specifics he was unable to name 

A caller to Scott Cronick’s radio show on WOND 1400 AM in Atlantic City said that while he was on hold to ask about Guardian’s wrongful termination suit against Toms River, he heard a GOP radio ad where Guardian said he “went after corrupt politicians” as an example of how he saved Atlantic City.

“Can you name two politicians that you went after?” the caller asked.

Guardian stumbled.

“I can not,” he said.

Cronick pressed Guardian on that.

“Don, so what does that mean,” Cronick said. “You say in your commercial that you went after corrupt politicians, but you can’t name them?”

He couldn’t.

“You know, I just have to check to make sure the individuals that are still being investigated that I’m not going to affect actions what may be actions that are taken against them,” Guardian sad said. “Obviously the individual that became mayor after I was already removed from office. I was concerned that there were individuals on the state level that was really doing things that I would consider to be corrupt but not corrupt enough that they would have to go to jail.”

Paul Weborg, the campaign manager for Guardian’s Democratic opponents, “Assemblyman John Armato and Atlantic County Commissioner Caren Fitzpatrick, said he wasn’t surprised by Guardian’s inability to provide specifics.

“I wish I could say we’re  shocked but this is who Don Guardian is. He’s a snake oil salesman who presided over the near bankruptcy in Atlantic City and today walks around telling people his tenure as mayor was a success story,”said Webourg.  “If you want to return to record foreclosures and crumbling industry, Don Guardian is your guy. He’s an empty bowtie with no integrity.”

 This story was updated at 3:58 PM on October 12, 2021. 

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