Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Cusick, Stoffa Make Right Call Concerning Barron
Sure, Council could convene acrimonious hearings and insist on filing a quo warranto proceeding. They could sanction him, condemn him and break out the rope. But they'd be on their own. DA John Morganelli only gets involved when there is no factual dispute and pure questions of law. An already busy busy Council Solicitor would have to develop a record and litigate the case.
It would be great political theater. I'd love it. I'd get enough material for a year's worth of blogs. But sooner or later, it would paralyze County government. There's no good reason to replicate what is going on federally.
I've seen Barron, Lamont McClure and others go after Executive John Stoffa in a witch hunt. I was dragged through court after court, too. Barron, under the color of his office, even began calling some of my title searching customers with questions about me, perhaps trying to scare them away.
But when John Stoffa and John Cusick both had a chance to unload on Barron, they passed. Some of you think Barron should be prosecuted, and perhaps you're right. But I believe Stoffa and Cusick are guided by the best interests of the County, not some vindictive political battle. They both displayed something rarely seen - statesmanship. They have a budget to debate and adopt and bridges to repair. Now that the Controller has been duly reminded that full time means full time, as he himself once acknowledged, we can move on, and Barron can pretend he did nothing wrong.
In the meantime, I have a new job teaching at the Community College, starting today. I plan to flunk every one of those little bastards.
I'm wearing shorts, too.