SELECTION OF MAYOR
This no doubt
comes as a shock to many, however, after a whole lot of consideration, my
choice is Scott Evans. After you get over the shock about what you have just
read or heard about my decision ... I believe that you will see that (in
the end) it makes a great deal of sense.
This is all
predicated upon the current set of assumptions that the selection will occur
according to Judge Val Armstrong's recent ruling. Further, that the New Jersey
Appellate Court will not stay the Armstrong decision, pending
choice is for Mayor Speedy Marsh to continue as Atlantic City Mayor until a
Special Election can be held. But, this is looking all but impossible at this
Also, it must
be noted that neither of 3 (Evans, Domenic Cappela or Barbara Hudgins) are truly
acceptable candidates. And, not one of them could ever be elected by the
impression was that Domenic Cappella may have been the one to select among Evans
of the first things that Cappella would do is bring back Kim Baldwin. This would
be a disaster. Further, Cappella is also way too close to Craig
promised to serve only one year, and, that he will not run for the position,
which would mean this upcoming June, 2008 Primary, will give the citizens of
Atlantic City the opportunity to fill an open seat.
also promised to work with City Council. This is extremely important. Maybe
Evans is lying about this and more ... time will tell.
But, let me
quote my Brother Don, who said about these 3 choices: "It's like trying to
decide whether you want to get Shot, stabbed or hanged."
are no doubt horrific. But, if City Council does not select one of the 3
tonight ... Then the Atlantic City Democratic Committee, still controlled by
Craig Callaway, can pick whoever it wants.
That is an
even more unacceptable alternative. Further, Domenic Cappella has the votes
to win, if it comes down to the Committee tonight. This must be
choice must be for City Council to act tonight and select Scott
As bizarre and
unappealing this is ... the alternatives are far worse.
It will then
be up to Evans to show that he is a man of his word and that he intends to do
good. We won't have to wait long to see which way Evans will
One of the
first things Evans will do is bring back attorney Dan Gallagher ... most
probably in a tax appeal role. Do not immediately reject this
There is a
major investigation coming. Get ready for it. And, it's going to get really
ugly. And, while I have had my differences with Dan, because of his undying
loyalty to Craig Callaway ... Gallagher is very experienced in Atlantic City tax
appeals ... something that the City is lacking at the present