Archive for January, 2016
Alternet – Jeff Bezos, The Amazon Billionare Owner of WashPost Is Going Full-Tilt Boogie Against Vermont Democratic SocialistJanuary 31, 2016
One day after pointing out Aberdeen Mayor McGradys twitter feed of snow job complaints the Mayor deleted the twitter complaints.
Why Didnt The Mayor of Aberdeen Nominate The Democrat Stephen Smith For the Fourth Council Seat? Why Is the TeaParty Republican Mayor Discriminating Against Democratic Voters?January 28, 2016
Is Mayor McGrady opposed to a fair democratic process? Does the Mayor have no respect for the will of ALL the voters. The Mayor nominated his crony Tea Party Republican, Sean DeBonis, for the Fourth Council Seat. DeBonis recieved 655 votes in the election. When DeBonis was rejected by the City Council, Mayor McGrady did not nominate the Democrat ,Stephen Smith, who also got 655 votes. Why is that??? Does the Democratic voter count? The Mayors second nominee was instead another crony TeaParty Republican, Jason Kolligs, who did not tie for the fourth council seat, but came in eighth place with 519 votes. This is political corruption of the democratic process. This is autocratatic behavior not democratic behavior. And liberty is freedom from arbitrary and autocratic control!
Patrick Henry once said : “Give me liberty or give me death!” Patrick McGrady says: “Give me liberty, or give me Kolligs! Whatever
April Update : The Tea Party authoritarian Mayor’s cry now is ,”Give me liberty , or give me Goodins!”
The Mayor Of Aberdeen Should Nominate Stephen Smith For Council Seat Four. He Should StopThe Partisan Political Game He Is Playing With The Tie-Vote ResolutionJanuary 25, 2016
The Mayor of Aberdeen should stop his partisan political games and nominate Stephen Smith for the City Council seat four. The Council is suppose to be resolving the election tie-vote between Sean DeBonis and Stephen Smith. The voters chose these two candidates. Each received 655 votes. The Mayor already nominated DeBonis and the Council rejected him. The only other candidate the voters qualified for the tie-vote was Stephen Smith. He should thus be nominated by the Mayor and let the Council decide.. The resolution of the tie-vote is not suppose to be an opportunity for the Mayor to grab illegitimate power.
The resolution of the tie-vote is suppose to between DeBonis and Smith. They are the two candidates that the voters qualified for the fourth seat. The Mayor’s second suggested nominee Jason Kolligs is not qualified for the fourth seat. He came in 8th place.. Not fourth. The Mayor should stop the political game playing with Aberdeen democracy. He should follow the law and the will of the voters.
Aberdeen voters count!
RepublicanRecord (Aegis/Sun) Doesnt Quite Give The Full Story About the Special Aberdeen City MeetingJanuary 22, 2016
The Republican Record (Aegis/Sun) did not quite tell the whole story about the special Aberdeen City meeting. Aegis reporter David Anderson reported : “the mayor and council did discuss in open session Tuesday whether the city should hire a consulting firm to conduct a search for the city manager or APPOINT A VOLUNTEER SEARCH COMMITTEE but again they did not reach a decision, according to Miller…..
Lindecamp said he favors hiring an outside firm, since “your hiring the chief executive officer of the city.”
According to reliable unofficial sources Mayor McGrady at one point suggested Aberdeen doesn’t need to spend $20,000 or more on a consulting firm. He suggested instead that the City personnel department could put together a City Manager job description and put it on MONSTER DOT COM. You know, save some money.City Manager Doug Miller agreed with Lindecamp and Councilman Melvin Taylor that the search should be done by a professional consulting firm. MONSTER DOT COM???? Is the Mayor joking? Is the Mayor playing with a full deck? The Mayor’s behavior fluctuates between being naively juvenile and arrogantly ignorant! He also obviously appears to disrespect the democratic process and the will of the Aberdeen voter on the tie-vote fiasco. The Mayor must nominate Stephen Smith—the other candidate that TIED with DeBonis. DeBonis had his shot with the Council. He was rejected. SOLVE THE TIE-VOTE PROBLEM ! Nominate the other tie-vote candidate. It shouldn’t take ten weeks to resolve a tie-vote fairly. . New Windsor, Md (1999) did it in 8 days. The Mayor is making his administration look corrupt and incompetent.. Follow the law and the will of the voters. Stop hacking Aberdeen’s democracy!
The Aberdeen City government has been hacked by the new Mayor…Patrick McGrady…a card carrying Tea Party Republican. The Voters voted. DeBonis And Smith tied with 655 votes each for council seat four. The Council was suppose to break the tie-vote between Democrat Smith and Tea Party Republican DeBonis. The Council was given a chance to support DeBonis, a McGrady crony . The Council rejected him. Now the Council has not been given a chance to vote on the other tie-vote candidate— Steve Smith …because the Mayor is a partisan political hack. Instead, the Mayor says he will nominate another Tea Party Republican crony that lost by coming in eighth. The Mayor doesn’t have the RIGHT to thwart the will of the voters. He has hacked the democratic process.
The Mayor should follow the law and the will of the voters. Break the tie-vote. Nominate Smith and stop frustrating the democratic process!
[New Windsor, Md had a tie vote in 1999 (May 2nd) . Like Aberdeen they had no charter references to tie vote resolution. They quickly had legal advice from four lawyers that said the matter should be handled as a “vacancy”. The Council voted to resolve the matter eight days later (May 20). Three votes went to the incumbent Paul Garver, one vote went the challenger, Sam Pierce. Problem solved. They followed the law and respected the will of the voters.They chose between the two tied candidates)
On Sunday (Jan 17), the Aberdeen govt had posted a special open council meeting concerning just “hiring of a new city manager”. By Tuesday (Jan 19) the city govt posted a special meeting of the council that “will become closed”. The agenda of this meeting now has broadened to include “recruitment of new city manager,possible appointment of interim city manager and council seat vacancy”. The new mayor Patrick McGrady has been having trouble with the democratic process and respect for the will of voters concerning the solution to the open council vacancy. There have been democratic errors of judgement and embarrassing incompetence displayed by the new mayor . I hope the city manager and city attorney start doing there job and get the mayor to respect the democratic process and the will of the voters.