Thursday, December 29, 2011
Changing of the Guard in Northampton County
Will the Earth stop moving? Will life as we know it suddenly come to an end?
Although I was and remain an avid fan of both Ron Angle and Mike Dowd, relations between Council and Executive John Stoffa might actually improve. Unlike McHale, Ken Kraft has no reason to engage in petty sniping. Unlike Angle, who himself admits he can be a difficult person, Parsons promises civility. With three Democrats at his side, incumbent Lamont McClure might feel less defensive, too.
Although I doubt these three newcomers have any interest in a leadership role on Council at this time, whether John Cusick is re-elected as Council President is anybody's guess. Whether he even wants the job is unknown.
Cusick came under criticism last year for the role he played in Angle's ouster as Council President, but his ineffectiveness is what seems to really bother most Council members. A math teacher by training, Cusick is more inclined to treat County issues as long division exercises than a complicated mix of facts and personalities. Practically none of his initiatives succeeded last year. He was at his weakest when Council stalemated over a budget, coming under fire from both Republican Angle and Democrat McClure.
My suspicion is that Peg Ferraro, who desperately wanted to be Council President when Angle was elected two years ago, will finally get her wish. I also expect to see Phil Lauer replaced as Council Solicitor.