Thursday, January 03, 2013
Will Osborne & Cusick Stay on Top?
Brad Osborne (Lehigh) and John Cusick (Northampton) are the current top dogs. Both have been mentioned as possible Executive candidates in this year's elections. But do their colleagues want to give them a leg up, however infinitesimal that might seem?
Brad Osborne might very well be out in Lehigh. He drew the ire of some Republican board members late last year, when he agreed to a compromise in the budget without informing them. "He did not inform the majority," complained Vic Mazziotti. "He hasn't called since. Maybe he's planning on changing parties." In addition to this communications breakdown, Comm'r Scott Ott might be eyeing the Executive seat as well.
John Cusick might be a bit more secure in Northampton, but not by much. The four Democrats on Council just need to lure one Republican to can Cusick, denying him any edge. They might be more comfortable with Peg Ferraro, who opposed Gracedale's sale and has always wanted to be Council President. Ferraro led the coup to get rid of Angle when he was in charge at Northampton, and that was solely because she could not be VP under him. Being Council President might make her look more appealing to voters this Fall, when Democrats take a hard charge at sweeping all five at-large seats.
Reorganizations typically occur on the first Monday of January, which will be next week.
Here's what I don't get. In Lehigh County, Brad Osborne or Scott Ott can vote for himself, but has to agree to forego the small pay increase associated with being the Chair. That way he is not voting for something in which he has a direct financial interest.
In Northampton County, however, Cusick voted for himself last year and accepted the pay hike. That's likely a violation of the State Ethics Act.