Well, sweets, the Fourth of July festivities are in the books for another year and it looks as if we had some interesting results. The new traffic rules seemed to do the job, and we didn’t seem to see the bad behavior that we saw last year. We look forward to hearing from the constabulary in a follow-up to see how things went. I know at the Cobina domicile things were as usual.
We kep’ the gassamobuggy in storage until the next day. Traffic was what we expected and effen yew didn’t hafta go out, it was a good idea to stay put. The noise was OK, and, of course, the neighborhood sounded a bit like the third Battle of the Marne with the rockets’ red glare and bombs burstin’ in air.
And whilst all that was goin’ on, yew knew that things were gonna heat up in the drive to the mayoralty, culminating in November’s vote.
Well, it did heat up. As yew know, herronner sent a missive to the papyrus giving her take on the way things are on the rise here in the burg. Of course, once yew git one missive, yew know surer than little green apples that one or t’other of the two challengers lookin’ for the nomination will answer, and we got that this week from Deb Collins.
I’ll leave yew to read her words. Jest know that the way things work around here, don’t expeck it to be the last word on this or any other subjeck.
As yew know the two parties will caucus next week, and we will expect the flurry of activity that gen’rally presages a primary. Way back in March 2018 the Rossi supporters took control of the Democratic Town Committee. So, we expect that she will git the nod once all the votes on the 60-member committee are tallied.
That means that Collins and the former mayor Edward O’Brien will be on the stump lookin’ for signatures by the Democratic electors – that means members – to put them on the primary ballot it should be an interesting affair. It always is.
Over on the GOP side, we’re not sure what to expect, but we got this missive from A. Nony Mouse who had his own take on what we discussed. Y’see, we think a primary is good for the GOP to git back in the sights of the voters, the GOP has another take, and it’s valid. Anyway, here’s what A. Nony had to say:
“I was talking with Nelly Nuthatch and boy, some of us in the Asylum by the Sea have been respectfully scratchin’ our bald heads as to your thinkin’!
‘While Mullins might not be too happy with the fight, we think he should petition and run for the nomination in the primary. As we said, this is a good opportunity for the party to show its people and its ideas.’
“Hmmm…GOPers want to do more than just show ideas. These folks are serious and firmly believe they can win the general election. But to do so, Money talks….
“Sure, Mullins can force Gregorio to join him in a primary dog-and-pony show. One will certainly win the battle, but with limited bucks in either bank account the winner of the primary will have a higher mountain to scale in what is believed to be a winnable war against three Demmies in the general election — so is the current belief amongst the majority of the electorate, with or without Charter Revision.
In a four-way race, a GOP candidate is (finally) given an equal chance to win. But winning takes money. Primaries drain both financial and human resources. Compared with the Dem infrastructure, the GOPers need to be more strategic (and frugal) in their approach.
For those worried about the electorate putting the GOP nominee on the back shelf —don’t buy into it. Gregorio or Mullins is not known to be shy and is rearin’ to rumble in this election. Guaranteed: whomever the endorsed GOP candidate, she or he will be in the fray from July through November.”
That’s an interestin’ analysis by A. Nony Mouse, and we will soon see whether this comes to pass or not. Let’s hope there is some truth in it.
With the public hearings no over, the Charter Revision Commish is going to take the next few weeks to introduce to the public the extent of the work it has produced. This papyrus has offered – and it was accepted – that Commish Chairman Ed Granfield will give snippets of what has been done on a weekly basis. This will give John Q and Mary Q enuff to digest without making the information sooooo overpowerin’ it can’t be remembered.
As I told yew before, the commish is concerned that after months and months of work, and a good-faith effort to really promote some good changes, the politicos in the burg will do what they have done in the past – deep-six anything that will upset the status quo.
Effen that happens, look for some fireworks to come in the future as they group that was put together had no axes, or affiliations that could inhibit them from damning the torpedos effen they haf to. Stay tuned over the next few weeks, It’ll be interesting.
Sammy Bluejay let it be known last week that it was gonna be announced that the Haven Project is gonna get the go-ahead and the state will allow things to move forward. The DOT has given it’s OK to a traffic plan, and the City Council and other city departments will be isshewing the necessary paperwork.
Yew know what’s gonna happen here. With July rolling around and the election coming up, news that the Haven is going forward will be seen with a bit of skepticism. We HAVE been to this movie before.
City officials and the local daily papyrus have announced the plan. And we did hear last week that around August 1 the things will be in motion. Of course, the local paper had a Christmas 2020 theme, but one would think it would take a bit more than that.
Look for a hue and cry from various quarters as to this being an election-year ploy that we’ve had before. Collins mentioned it in her own statement a couple o’ weeks ago about “bulldozers” being stationed in the area.
We hear that the demolition will begin.
Sooooo, it is an interesting case study we have here. Will the beginning of the much-awaited project give a boost to the incumbent? Will it put a damper on any attempt to unseat the current office holder? Will either Collins or O’Brien, Gregorio or Mullins be able to leap-frog the wall of publicity the thing is gonna create?
For the answer to this and other big questions, stay tuned to the political soap opera that is the Asylum by the Sea.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this week till next, mitt luff und kizzez,