George Brown just motioned council to appoint Andrea Cueto to the vacant chair position on council and A. Ray Jones seconded it.
I’ve noticed this strong-arm pattern at Council and DDA meetings. If we just push things through, nobody gets a chance to think about choices – yes, put it to a vote and cross your fingers when we get to the discussion part. If we can throw in an emergency deadline, well that’s even better. It’s worked quite well for Obama.
The tactic is nothing less than network thuggery, and it has worked.
Something has changed, did the tact work? No…not this day. Andrea Cueto came in 4th in a 3 man race, she wasn’t an automatic shoo-in for Village Council just because her name was on the ballot. The Village President gets to make the appointment and Council yeahs or nays the appointment.
If I were a betting woman, I’d bet the change in leadership has brought new grit to the council, a new community centric grit that’s not at the mercy of the network anymore. And – I’ve got to say, I’m liking it real well.
I also have to say (read this part a little faster); Get a grip on yourself Mr. Brown and have a little more respect! I understand the plan for getting one of your own into that seat didn’t run as smoothly as planned but that’s no reason to act juvenile, cursing in a council meeting and storming out. Walking out of a meeting in that manner means you’re intellectually incompetent to verbally illustrate your point of view (which you can’t actually do anyway when you’re just wrong). Demeaning your opposition and getting belligerent only shows your true colors. Now, this is going to hurt you more than it’s going to hurt me but, I also strongly suggest you do take your bat and ball and just go home. Then, go straight to your room and think very hard about what you’ve done. You’re so grounded.
Photographer: Arvind Balaraman