on a related topic- downtown fort wayne development- to locate or not to locate that is the question?( follow the money..)
THIS also places a further obstacle in the line of succession. As the Mayors Office is set up now- If the mayor was removed from office( by a perjury charge, or indictment; lets say- Or fell off a ladder( henry and richard both did)- or some other mishap- deputy Mayor Karl bandemer would assume the job; and likely appoint win Moses- ( his bestest friend)- as HIS Deputy Mayor.
In the 80's- ayor Win Moses was removed from Office by Indictment on campaign finance law/ election law violations( the more things change; the more they stay the same?)- and resigned. Mayor Moses didnt have a Deputy Mayor, so City Controller Cosette Simon assumed the Mayors office- for about 3 weeks(?)- meanwhile- a Democrat party caucus was convened; and Mayor Moses was promptly re-caucused back into office and served out his term.
City Controller Pat Roller is related to Mark GiaQuinta by marriage to former fire Chief Kelley- who is related to the Kelly auto empire family; and former Democrat Party patriarch and sponsor James Kellley.
Nepotism and Patronage; and so on- are nothing new to any city politics anywhere across the USA. "everyone does it"- is it right? well- It doesnt pass most citizens "smell test". As ShaKespeare's Hamlet might Quip- Something stinks in Denmark.
If this sort of Crony government/ Kleptocratic rouge regime bothers you- if you want to restore integrity in City Government; and raise the bar; well- stop re-electing these crooks and liars and Puppets of the Plutocrats and Oligarchs..
For example- there is a major push to spend 10'S OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR THE "WORLD BASEBALL ACADEMY"- Baseball as an economic development tool. I think someone was smoking too much GRASS- and wathcing one too many Kevin Costner Baseball movies- field of dreams- if you build it; they will come.. well
what if you build it; and they DONT COME? THEN WHAT? WE'RE ALL LEFT HOLDING A BAG FULL OF IOU'S while the kleptocrat carpetbaggers abscond with sacks of cash to an off shore banking haven; while the rest of us are left with vacant buildings; and IOU.s
Draw your own conclusion here- If Mitch Harper is elected Mayor- and His yard signs say nothing asboutREPUBLICAN yest- hes a leading Republican; and running in the republican Primary...
well- then WHO will beesconced as Deputy Mayor ( see- i got back on topic..); city controller; Police chief? will the Public safety directors job be retained? who else will be appointed to serve "at the Mayors Pleasure( sounds like a porn movie? lol..)- in city govt?
we have seen how eveyr single republica in town has been heartily endorsed by the Right to Lifer kooks; the NRA Extremist gun nuts; and the usual suspects- - religious extremists; nuts; flakes and kool aid drinkers and tea party wing nuts..
we see various other Republican city council candiates supported by the Kelty'Jehl/ Boib Morris faction- who will assuredly turn out; overhwelming the main stream establishment republicans; Steve Shine will go ballistic ; and Mayor Henry will be re-elected by a wider margin than the razor thine one last time around vs paula hughes..
Eric doden is back; and Liz Brown ad the asssorted RIFRA RIFF RAFF- AS WELL.
Im moving to New Haven.. lol. to excape the madness.
BASEBALL ACADEMY; LEGACY FUNDS; ECONOMIC DEVILMENT; ETC.. THE USUAL SUSPECTS- BUSKIRK FOR MAYOR REDUX..
IF YOU LOVED THE SCANDLAS OF THE WIN MOSES ADMINISTRATION LAST TIME AROUND; WAIT- MAYOR HENRY PROMISES 4 MORE YEARS OF THE SAME..
OH- RON BUSKIRK WILL BE POLICE CHIEF; AND WE WONT SEE ANY REFORM IN THE FWPD..
just predicting- what sayest thou, andy down, Guru of local politics? voodoo guru more like..
I see nothing but political patronage..Im sure Mayor Henry isnt the brightest bulb in the marquee- so Mr bandemer and Win Moses are running a shadow government out of the re development commission; and other city departments..-like- Hey Mayor Henry- you go dophot ops- read to kids, hand out check s to the homeless; cut ribbons, dig holes at ground greakings, and so on- put a happy smiling face on the OLD WARTHOG OF A CITY- and well Loot the Treasury Vault and the Legacy Cash cow; ; and youll have Plausible deniability...