Monday, July 02, 2007
Victory : Parete's attempt to stack the deck fails
About 100 Dem's squeezed into the tight space at Democratic headquarters on Fair St. to find out if a Wilson Pakula would be issued for Vincent Bradley Jr., a nop, seeking permission to primary on the Democratic line. To say that the two and a half hour debate was "heated" would be an understatement. It was a very heated debate, that got down right nasty at times. County Chairman John Parete and his crew could not understand why people would be upset with him for appointing 19 new people to the exec committee 48 hours before a vote. The experience was one I will never forget, a real eye-opener to say the least.
In the end, however, justice prevailed, (no pun intended). A motion was made to have the full Dem committee vote on the matter later next month. What a surprise, the Bradley supporters were against the full committee vote, the same people that for 2 1/2 hours whined about how everyone should be included. If there is any doubt that the committee was stacked look at the Parete Appointment list, two posts down. The final vote was 26 in favor and 20 against the full committee voting. 17 of the nay votes came from the new appointees. 17!!!!! The other two abstained. Which means only 2 people on the regular executive committee voted against the measure, and not one person out of the 19 newly appointed voted for it. the One person I will give credit to is Joe O'Connor, even though he is clearly a Bradley supporter, he gave fair legal advice and abstained from voting on the matter. Mr. O' Connor showed himself to be a stand-up guy.
To be fair, I'm against the authorization of the Wilson Pekula. I think that I have made that very clear. I also think that the (original) executive board had the right to vote on the matter and decide if Bradley can run. However, being that it's clearly transparent that Parete stacked the deck to try and insure Bradley can make it, at this point having the full county committee vote is the only way to settle this matter, once and for all. If Bradley prevails fine, he'll be allowed to run. While I disagree, at least the vote will be a fair one.
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 12:07 AM