Well honeybunch, we’re heading toward autumn at breakneck speed, by this time next week we will offishully be in fall, and awaiting the foliage turning to bright colors. Effen yew’ve been upstate or even a bit off the shore yew can see that certain trees are giving off their leaves already. It’s a nice time o’ year, but just proves that – as I said last week – once you get by May, the year jest flies by.
Here in the Asylum by the Sea, the primary really surprised many, many veteran watchers o’ the political scene, Cobina included. Up until the results were announced around 8:30 Tuesday night, we all thought it was gonna be a close call, especially with a three-way race for the top spot on the line.
What happened was not on anyone’s radar. Herronner won the vote by more than 1,000 over second-place challenger Deb Collins. That was a really big shocker! Collins has a lotta friends, and frum what Sammy Bluejay heard when he was around their headquarters, they thought they were gonna win in a walk. Of course, that could have been bluster as much as anything else.
We did hear one story where a body went into headquarters and was told by someone in the know that they phone call data they had gave the Collins campaign confidence they were gonna win easily. This guy looked at the data and said there were several people on the “yes” list that were known as against Collins. So, one wonders how the data was collected?
Tennyrate, we also thought O’Brien was gonna come in a bit stronger than he did. Y’see, Cobina was told the guy had the union vote, which around here is perty solid and usually on the correck side of things. So, either he didn’t have it, or the union ain’t the political decider it used to be. Still, we thought he’d have a better showing than he did.
The big winner, of course, was herroner, who got a perty good idea that whilst people might not like the medicine they’re taking, they know they hafta take it. The city’s financial situation and the fack we are a hair’s breadth close to a complete state takeover seemed to sway people in her direction.
And, whilst we’re at it, not only did she perty much sweep the city in her quest for the nomination, so did most if not all of her ticket, which means the popularity contest we were expectin’ didn’t come about. That is unusual.
Meanwhile, over on t’other side of the aisle, Michelle Gregorio was able to overcome a challenge by Steve Mullins in comfortable fashion…It was called perty early. But, it couldn’t have been too hard. At one pernt one of the polling stations had only 40 or so GOP members who came in to vote. Yew don’t need an abacus to calculate those numbers.
The big query before the house is whether the GOP setch as ‘tiz can have everyone playing nicely in the sandbox again. From what Nelly Nuthatch was saying, the party got perty fractured over the course of the five weeks or so until the vote. Nelly was talking about threats and all kinds of nawsty things on the social media platforms, where it seems nobody has any compunction about what they, about whom they say it, and whether other people see it or not.
Effen the GOP is looking to get anything outta this year’s balloting – up to and including the top spot – it is gonna hafta do some very smart mending of fences. Cobina is of the opinion that people in the berg are sick and tired of the tripartite revolving door that the Democratic Party has become in town, and are looking for a new face on the block effen they think it can govern.
That is something that we think has been building around here fer some time, but we know that it can’t happen if the GOP does what it does so often and has the sulks. If they have any chance, it’s gotta be with party unity. Let’s see if that could happen.
Right now, we’re lookin’ for a spirited campaign by both parties. It should be more fun than we’ve had around here in a while.
And jest so we’re clear, it’s been two weeks since we mentioned it, methinks, but here we are heading into the last weeks o’ September, and nothing done on the Haven site. Have I mentioned that according to its own press releases they expect to be ready for the Christmas rush of 2020? How in blazes is that gonna happen effen they haven’t demolished a building or turned over a spade of dirt?
As we’ve been sayin’ for weeks, the people in the area are really concerned about when they start over there. The place is gonna be a prime haven (no pun intended) for vermin of various kinds, and will see a scattering of same when the buildings do come down. It’ll be worse the longer they wait.
No one is really sure what is gonna happen over there, despite assurances that things are hunky-dorey, the area is exposed to the elements, buildings have been boarded up for months – or years – and the whole thing is depressing to the soul – and the property values.
The developer likes to keep a tight lip about its plans, but it might be high time for someone to let them know that the neighborly thing to do is just be upfront with the city as to what in Samuel B. Hill they are expecting to accomplish in the next four, six, eight months.
As a side note: Cobina keeps tabs on the other colyumes in the papyrus, including Historian’s Corner and Gripe Vine. As to the latter colyume, Cobina is very interested in the way different council members seem to deal with “gripes” from their constituencies. Some are very conscientious and get right back after finding out the veracity and the seriousness of the gripe. They do something and are glad to do it.
Some were not happen when the council members were given the task of addressing the situations presented by the column, and made their unhappiness known. Yet, they did what they had to do, and got back to the column and, by extension, their constituents. Since then, some of these same people have been warming up to the helping with the complaints.
Then there are those who jest don’t seem to wanna git with the program. Cobina ain’t gonna name names – yet. But, it seems that each and every week the same names seem to pop up in GripeVine concerning those people who have not yet responded to the column or their constituency regardin’ the pernt in question. Some people jest don’t wanna be bothered I guess – until election time, then they say what a great job then’ve done over the last two years.
With that bit o’ chatter, I’ll close this time till next, mitt luff und kizzez,