Well, Hillary has her Super Delegates – you know, those elected and party officials that get to pick whoever they want even before the first vote is cast and regardless of the outcome of the vote, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that we have our own mini-version of Super Delegates to fill the open council spot here in the ‘DemBadLands’ of Downtown Edison.
Must be a Dem-Party rule thingie by the powers that be to preserve the status quo.
So, what’s going on here with the process to fill the vacant Council seat created when the EDO’s greatest failure, Rob ‘Mr. Temper-a-Ment’ Karabinchak was elevated to the 18th District Assembly?
First, they need to fumigate the council chambers to get the stench out and then send a note of apology to all the other towns in the 18th District – but I digress, so let’s move on.
Seems the EDO committee people got together and voted on who should get the open seat. The top three (3) vote getters are going over to Edison’s Council, aka Super EDO Committee Members, and they get to choose which one should fill the spot at next week’s Council meeting.
Of the 92 people voting, the top three vote getters were Joe Coyle with 70 votes, Michael Comba with 57 votes and Steve Nagel, with 53 votes.
Now, as they say, I don’t have a dog in this hunt so it really doesn’t matter to me, which one is chosen. I just don’t believe any of them would be strong advocates for the People of Edison. Seems to me, this process is set up to be more of a Council power fight than a fight for the People of Edison.
There’s Joe Coyle, who has been trying to break into the inner circle of the Local Dem Party and be part of the establishment for years now and who seems to travel in a level of consciousness that I’ve yet to experience – so, not for me.
There’s Michael Comba, a guy that Charlie ‘I Abstain’ Tomaro is trying to parachute in to fill the seat. With Charlie pushing him – that’s enough for me to say, No thanks. Hard to seriously take anything that the Original Poster-child for What’s Wrong with the EDO has to say. Though Mr. Comba was very gracious and did reach out to me to see if we could talk so he could introduce himself and discuss what he could do to help the People of Edison. I thanked him but took a pass - not for me.
Then there’s Steve Nagel. He’s the committee person in my District and, unfortunately, have never-ever even seen him out campaigning or doing anything else for the people in my neighborhood for all the years he’s held that spot. Don’t quite think he’s what I’d be looking for in a councilperson and so, not for me.
Having said all this, which shouldn’t really matter to you - there is a moral to this tale of woe that has nothing to do with the candidates and which should matter to you.
The Council shouldn’t be given a choice of the top three (3) to choose from when the Committee Members already voted and they chose Joe Coyle. Hey, say what you want but the guy got 70 out of the 92 votes cast. Shouldn’t they listen to their own party members? Geez, nobody had a problem with or tried to overrule the vote when Rob ‘Mr. Temper-a-Ment’ Karabinchak got the Committee
Member nod over two more eminently qualified Councilpersons for the 18th District Assembly spot.
Anyhoo, I clearly recognize that this is Edison and the EDO has its own set of rules they play by in this selection process, but geez – shouldn’t the person with the most votes, from the party members elected to do this, get the nod or why even bother to have Committee Members?!?