The campaign finance reports filed last week by the city’s politicians revealed, as well as enhanced, all sorts of possibilities for the citywide election now just 8 months away if the primary is what you pay attention to.
If your interest is in Election Day in November, well, that’s ten months away.
Either way one chooses to see it, the city is closer to the next election every day. It will be upon us like the blink of an eye before we know it.
The Campaign finance reports excited a great deal of talk in Internet circles and on Facebook.
Councilor Anthony DiPierro scolded Councilor at Large Gerly Adrien for raising money during a pandemic on a Facebook page.
He called attention to Adrien’s $65,000 war chest and her grassroots money-raising efforts producing results that have shocked many local politicians.
Members rage, suggest Adrien resign, before Capone called for shocking meeting to end
By JOSH RESNEK
The Monday night council meeting turned into a hate Gerly Adrien roundtable from a number of councilors who turned the technical problems that made the meeting a farce into somehow being about Adrien attending the meeting on Zoom instead of attending in person.
After an hour and half of going from nothing to nowhere and hurling insults at Adrien, Councilor Fred Capone saved his colleagues from further embarrassing themselves by asking that the meeting be terminated.
Seven councilors voted for that measure which was easily the only ounce of common sense anyone could understand Monday night watching ECTV.
In fact, several councilor’s individual protests about Adrien not being brave enough to attend the meeting smacked powerfully of prejudice and contempt. Misogyny in all its depressing mightiness was alive and well at city hall Monday night.
The only voice against this type of language and attack of Adrien was Capone’s. His admonition to his colleagues that what they were alleging about Adrien was improper and insulting and had no place in the chamber speaks reams about his integrity.
Vows to fight on despite threats, insults, disrespect
By JOSH RESNEK
The contentious and embarrassing public meeting that went awry Monday night has caused Councilor Gerly Adrien to rethink very seriously her relationship with many of the councilors who insulted and harangued her.
“I am speechless, but I am not resigning,” she said.
She exhorted her followers to make donations to her political campaign fund.
“I am not kidding. They want me out of the seat.”
She called the meeting an exercise in prejudice and microaggression against her in comments written on her Facebook site.
She was especially concerned about her relationship with those councilors who treated her in such a savage and disrespectful way.
“Absolutely shocking. I was absolutely shocked at their behavior,” she told the Leader Herald.
“Those who suggested that I should consider resigning if I am unable, unwilling or unfit to attend the council meetings in person should be ashamed of themselves,” she said. “I choose the Zoom venue because I don’t want to play with my health and my life,” she said.