Monday, November 18, 2013
The Sixth Vote
So, who's it gonna be? Eenie meenie miney moe...
Today Mr./Ms. Vine suggested that Tim would be the logical Council minority flipper. Noting that he's got no job, Vine posited "he cannot possibly function in a satisfactory manner on behalf of his constituents if he constantly has to worry about eating, holding on to this condo and just plain surviving.", then suggested Zimmer could him him find a soft landing somewhere in Hudson County. Hence, a quid pro quo, though in this case I'd call it a quid pro schmo.
GA's response to Mr./Mrs. Vine: have you ever known Tim to function in a satisfactory manner? Either on behalf of his constituents or himself?
For that alone, I'd call the plan a non-starter. A CEO might find a job in the firm for his dunce-son, but a Reform mayor wouldn't foist a dunce upon an institution of government. But, it is an interesting thought my mystery-comrade!
GA does concur the likely flipper would be Tim
Ruben's pals are lining up (and taking numbers) to shiv Tim in the back.
Mr. 17% comes off this election so damaged-- last place in his own Ward, his political career is OVER unless he works real, real hard to repair the public trust. He must spend the next 2 years on the Council working his butt off for them. That means voting YES to bond for infrastructure improvements (like fixing potholes), YES new HOP buses to return the system up to capacity, YES to repairs that open parks and fix hurricane damage. He must forget about photo-ops and freebies and using his campaign coffers like a petty cash fund. He can only earn back the people's trust by doing their business, not his own (a.k.a. Bobble-head Theatre)
Timmy, you must do some soul-searching. No, put your shoe down. Not that sole.
GA has heard another name floated as the likely flipper: Mike Russo!
GA hears the Dark Side does not expect Zimmer to run for a third term and should Mike Russo decide to take a shot, he will need some (actual) successes under his belt. Not imaginary ones like the Beth Mason "Council Minority reaches agreement with Buyer to Save Hoboken Hospital"
No, Russo will need real accomplishments to run on- positive ones. So, some won't be surprised to see selective cooperation and a sixth vote from him.
Terry Castellano? Does a broomstick change it's stripes?
Beth Mason? No. She and her wallet have moved on to bigger stages.