recent Express Times LTE looks like it was written with a crayon. These two Democrts are so busy playing politics that they've forgotten all about governing.
To be sure, Executive John Brown has made it very easy for them. His first year in office has been a complete disaster. It started with no-bid contracts for business consultants and public relations, ideas are so goofy they even drew the ire of Republican heavyweight Elmer Gates. But Brown's poor judgment was really at its pinnacle when he selected an insurance office secretary, someone who only has a high school diploma and no real government experience, as his Director of Administration. Fortunately, that appointment failed.
Lately, he's beginning to alienate the one group he really needs on his side - the County workforce. They pick up on the inherent unfairness of giving his DCED staff raises and more manpower, while cutting back in critical offices like the Civil Division. If Brown loses the workforce, he's toast. It doesn't matter how many brown bag lunches he has with them if he favors one department over another.
Though things look bad, it's really too early to condemn Brown. It takes about two years for executives and council members to get a grip on their new jobs.
Instead of helping Brown govern. McClure and Kraft are doing their best to drive nails in his coffin. They have no respect for his office and have been so insulting at meetings (though not as bad as Ron Angle used to be with Glenn Reibman), that he's stopped giving Executive reports. Every time Brown gets up, it's like running a gauntlet with those two clubbing him. They also call Political Controller Steve Barron up to the podium, to tell them what they want to hear.
While bringing government to its knees is bad for Brown, it's worse for the people they all are supposed to represent. They have created a climate in which nothing gets done, much like we have in Washington. That's no example to follow.
McClure attends no committee meetings and would never himself go through the arduous task of reviewing these contracts. So basically, they want gridlock.
As bad as Brown has been in his first year, this crew is much worse. I have yet to hear either one of them actually speak up for the County worker, even though Kraft chairs the Personnel Committee. I did see Kraft last year eliminate a county worker without due process because he didn't like the way she was chosen.
And these are the Democrats. You'll find these men of the people at the exclusive Blue after meetings, sipping cocktails.