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It is no secret that Council members Barb Thierry and Bruce Gilbert had already decided against seeking re-election some time ago. That's understandable. Politics is ugly. But the shocker last night is that Tom Dietrich and John Cusick are calling it quits, too. Of the five GOP incumbents, only Peg Ferraro intends to seek re-election, and even she is reportedly worried.
Dietrich was at last night's meeting, and took no issue with Kerr's declaration. Cusick was absent and I have asked him to confirm what his party boss has said. According to Kerr, Cusick will not be running for Council or the Executive seat. That had been widely assumed in political circles.
"You have to know when to move on," he has supposedly said.
Incumbent Peg Ferraro, who is popular even among Democrats, is probably safe.
Was GOP Council candidate Tricia "God Hates Fags" Mezzacappa there? You betcha'. According to Ron Angle, she gave a speech and everything. Democratic Committeeman Dan DePaul, who once had to be escorted form a County Council meeting after threatening Angle, was also there for some reason. Maybe he forgot he's a Democrat.
Updated 11:20 AM, Cusick Response: "I'll have something to say formally later this month after a decision is made regarding the proposed Human Services building (which I strongly support)."
Updated 5: 30 PM: Weekend moderation has been enabled as a result of hijacking attempts.