Northampton County Executive John Brown's no-bid public relations contract has become a public relations disaster. It's been condemned here as well as in both dailies. The most damaging indictment, however, comes from one of his own, Republican powerhouse Elmer Gates. In a caustic letter to the editor, Gates rips into Brown for hiring consultants to "start doing the job we elected him to do" instead of governing by consultant. Whether that happens, however, depends on the Gates' fellow Republicans.
On Thursday night, Council will consider a resolution to sue over Brown's $84,000 PR consultant contract with Kim Plyler. Undoubtedly, this will be supported by all four Democrats. But one Republican will have to vote for this as well. Will one of them agree with Republican Elmer Gates, or will they go along with an Executive who never even voted regularly until he became Bangor Mayor?