Thursday, August 16, 2007
Noble Reminds voters that the Alderman-at-Large is Essentially Kingston's Vice President
Council President James Noble reminded voters today to remember when voting, that the Alderman-at-Large is essentially the Vice-president of the city of Kingston and that if something were to happen to the mayor that the Alderman-at-Large automatically would get sworn in as mayor. So the question really is does Lenny have what it takes to fulfill the duties of mayor if something happened to Mayor Sottile? The simple answer, no. I like Lenny but I think that as mayor you must posses certian leadership skills and discipline that Walker lacks. James Noble has consistently demonstrated that he has what it takes to be mayor, the alderman-at-large assumes the duties of mayor anytime the mayor is out of town, James Noble is currently acting Mayor as we speak, while Mayor James Sottile is on vacation.
If Walker was alderman-at-large you would see an extreme abuse of power in the Mayor's absence. And, while many will say that it is very unlikely that something would happen in a short period of time and that the alderman-at-large's executive powers are limited even when the Mayor is on vacation or just out of town. What if there was an emergency? Some sort of crisis and Sottile was out of town, who do you really want leading the city and making the tough decisions? Let's go a step further what if the Mayor had an illness or worse who do you want to lead the city through such a crisis? I'm going with Noble.
There's also the question over whether Lenny would give up his 115k per year job to become mayor if he had to, Noble has made it pretty clear that he would hold up to his commitment while Lenny has not. Walker has stated on numerous occasions that the reason that he is running for the number two spot is because he did not want to take the large pay cut that comes with the number one spot. So if he does not want to take the pay cut now, why would he want to take one say two years from now?
"I would stand by my commitment, but I think Lenny is committed to himself and that makes me a little nervous."
- James Noble, Alderman-at-Large
Posted by Jeremy Blaber at 6:30 AM