Promoted by Jason Springer: The meeting is tonight, but there has been action all week.
Our own Wizard of Bergen, Joe Ferriero is back. He’s announced he’s canceling his leave of absence so he can preside over a “smooth transition”.
His first action was to “fire” the Party Counsel (Paul Kaufman) because he didn’t like Mr. Kaufman’s legal opinion. He then appointed a replacement. After all, why leave that action to a new leader? He has to show that he’s really in charge! Guess it’s all part of the “smooth transition” idea.
He then announced that he would run a “gala” this Saturday in honor of the Democratic Freeholders. How appropriate. The indicted leader will be in charge of selling tickets to contractors and county employees. Maybe he’ll even raise enough money from his adoring audience to pay off some of the debts he’s leaving behind.
Next he authorized and apparently set the rules for a “special meeting” on January 22nd to select his own anointed successor.
None of these actions were presented to or approved by the governing body of our organization. The BCDO executive committee met on December 8th and with the leadership of our elected public officials voted overwhelmingly to demand his resignation by January 15th. That same group set a meeting for tonight. Perhaps together we can find the heart, the brains and the courage to really send the Wizard packing. Let’s repudiate his unilateral actions and set our own timetables. Let’s give folks a chance to question and “vet” any candidates for county leader. Let the leadership of the party set the date and the rules for this meeting. Call, email or stop by tonight and let our Freeholders and Legislators know how you feel.
Next Tuesday, let’s really celebrate the inauguration of our new President with a new and changed Bergen Democratic Party! Let’s stand up for all those new Obama voters and give them some good reasons to join with us. It’s time. We have much work to do.