Eli Manning is having a pretty forgettable season on the football field, and now it’s about to get worse in the political arena.
After the Hoboken resident endorsed incumbent mayor Dawn Zimmer in the city’s upcoming mayoral race, Zimmer’s political opponent decided to take some shots at the two-time Super Bowl MVP.
Tim Occhipinti, a Democrat running against Zimmer in a nonpartisan election, wrote an open letter to Peyton Manning asking that he encourage his brother to reconsider his endorsement.
Occhipinti also couldn’t resist taking some pot shots at Eli, whose Giants fell to 0-6 with a loss on Thursday Night Football.
“You must have been proud of little brother Eli Manning, when he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy a few years ago, winning the Super Bowl in a dramatic fashion and earning his second ring and second Most Valuable Player Award. Now, with the Giants starting 0-4, it is looking as if you might be the only Manning playing in the Super bowl in NJ this February. We are writing this letter in the hopes of changing that, though. We are hoping you can talk some sense into our Giants quarterback.”
Occhpinti thinks he pinpointed why Eli Manning may be wrong politically, and it relates directly to his play on the field.
“We are not sure whether it’s the 14 sacks he has endured that made his off the field political decision-making questionable –or if the 9 interceptions and 2 fumbles this year show that he is making questionable decisions on and off the field.
“What we do know is that concentrating on football alone could help our team get back on track.”
It’s actually gotten worse since Tim Occhpinti penned the letter more than a week ago. Manning had three picks last week and another three on Thursday night, bringing his season total to 15. That’s the same amount as he had all of last year.
Eli Manning may not be winning on the field, but he’s got a good chance to see his candidate win. Zimmer has held a comfortable lead in mayoral polls.