Hoboken mayoral candidate mocks Eli Manning in open letter

Eli Manning is now the target of political campaigns. (USATSI)
We're only five games into the 2013 season and it's already the worst of Eli Manning's 10-year career. His completion percentage has plummeted from 64 percent in Week 1 to 46 percent last Sunday, his 12 interceptions leads the league and, oh right, the Giants are winless.

Apparently, hitting rock bottom includes taking guff from a local mayoral candidate.

Manning, who lives in Hoboken, N.J., and recently endorsed its incumbent mayor, Dawn Zimmer, is now the target of Zimmer's opponent, Tim Occhipinti.

Occhipinti, presumably out of ideas about how to actually win the election, decided to write an open letter after the Giants' Week 4 loss (because, really, those always work). Not to Eli, but to his brother, Peyton Manning.

Via the Hudson Reporter (by way of Deadspin):

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.

In the past few weeks since baby brother agreed to throw his hat into Hoboken politics, and agreed to attend our opponent’s fundraiser; the Giants have lost every game, and Eli has had a very tough go of it.

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.


As the wiser, more productive, older brother, please talk to Eli. Please remind baby brother that four more years of no parking, flooding issues, bloated administration salaries and budgetary mismanagement are not what Hoboken needs. We need a new energy for all of Hoboken that will bring people together and get things done. When we are not distracted by the lack of production in city hall, we need a football team that produces wins and a quarterback that only concentrates on winning on Sundays.

Please Peyton, talk to Eli and help us get another championship. Let baby brother know that we believe in his football skills. We know his recent questionable judgment on the field and in Hoboken politics can be corrected. The Giants can get back on track and back to their winning ways! Let him know that 0-4 quarterbacks get involved in politics. Winning quarterbacks stick with what is happening on the field. Go Big Blue.

On Nov. 5, Hoboken voters will go to the polls to decide their next mayor.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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