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Wildes maintains huge warchest

By David Wildstein, January 04 2018 12:08 am

It’s hard to remember how many times former Englewood Mayor Michael Wildes has floated his name for higher office. He filed a federal campaign account in 2004, just in case Steve Rothman decided to run for the U.S. Senate. It doesn’t appear that he’s raised money in years, but he’s added about $100,000 since I last looked at his reports about nine years ago – likely interest on the cash. His cash-on-hand as of last year was $767,000 – an impressive amount for someone who has never pulled the trigger. In 2011, he gave away the $60,000 he had squirreled away if State Sen. Loretta Weinberg decided to retire.

There’s no evidence that he’s planning to take on Bill Pascrell in the Democratic primary in 2018. And it doesn’t seem like Wildes, who left office in 2009, is really on anybody’s radar screen for anything. That’s why it appears odd, at least to me, that he continues to file a detailed personal financial disclosure with the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. These forms are a bit invasive and he’s been doing it for years. Maybe it’s a need to let people know he made $1.4 million in 2016?

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