IS ANYONE REALLY SURPRISED BY LOUISVILLE METRO COUNCIL'S VOTE? No big surprises here folks. Last night the Metro Council overwhelmingly voted for Attica Scott to replace Judy Green as the District 1 Councilperson. Her term will expire November of 2012. Of course that is if she doesn't get reelected then. On a vote of 18-7 in favor of Scott, over attorney Courtney Phelps, Ms. Scott was then sworn in by Judge Sean Delahanty. Of course I turned the channel when I saw he would do the swearing in. I did after all want to keep my dinner down.
SPECIAL THANKS TO MARY WOOLRIDGE
In the meantime there were some fireworks during the dog and pony show thanks to Metro Council Member Mary Woolridge. Councilwoman Woolridge concerned her handpicked Judy Green successor Phelps. Knowing that the fix was in, yep I told everyone on the Ed Springston Radio Show weeks ago that Scott was the chosen one, Woolridge decided to berate her Council colleagues by accusing them of making back door deals to insure Scott was selected.
All I can say is WOW. Of course they did. Anyone who believes otherwise let me know if you would be interested in some prime Arizona swampland in the Mojave desert.
ONLY 2 OUT OF 13 APPLICANTS CONSIDERED FOR THE METRO SEAT
Now what was so comical was how quickly each Metro Council member had to be recognized and allowed to speak and defend their honor. Deny. Deny. Deny. And that my friends was laughable. I know firsthand how some of these Council members speak away from the public eye about anything and everything. This appointment was no different. I mean they had 13 supposedly excellent candidates to choose from and they only considered 2?
I say supposedly because many Council members were acting like they really cared about all the applicants, and feeding their ego's trying in my opinion, to make them think they were considered. For all of you applicants? Nothing could be further from the truth. Sorry. Seriously, I know most of you wanted to serve for the right reasons but you were just given a standard politics 101 pat on the head.
METRO COUNCIL SET PRECEDENT WITH GEORGE UNSELD'S DISTRICT 6 SEAT
When George Unseld died, and that seat became vacant, we had to witness incompetency at its best. That completely bizarre process resulted in the appointment of Independent Deonte Hollowell as Unseld's replacement as the District 6 Councilperson. Hollowell was the sacrificial lamb in that selection process because the Democratic majority knew they would welcome a new Democrat to replace Unseld in the coming regular election. Unseld had not been very productive in recent years so they felt they could put anyone in there and it would be ok. Thus sacrifice Hollowell so neither party could be blamed.
The Democrats didn't mind then because they felt that was a "safe" seat for them. The Republicans didn't mind thinking they could somehow make it backfire on the Democratic Council members. Besides it was only for a few short months so there would be "no harm, no foul" if you will.
WHY SO MANY NOMINATIONS FOR UNSELD'S SEAT BUT NOT FOR GREEN'S?
Because Metro Council learned that we the people paid attention to the circus and they would not let us see just how bizarre they really can be again. Woolridge wasn't lying. The problem really was the messenger. Councilwoman Woolridge has first hand knowledge of numerous back door deals she herself has been involved in. Thinking otherwise is not logical to me.
METRO COUNCIL HAD BEHIND CLOSED DOOR MEETINGS AND ONLY 2 OF 13 APPLICANTS WERE SELECTED AS "NOMINATIONS"
Attica Scott was handpicked a long time ago to replace Judy Green at the conclusion of this fiasco. Phelps was merely tossed in as a "legitimate" compromise because of Mary Woolridge. In my mind there is no doubt of that. They knew they could ill afford to have another circus show like the one in District 6, and they certainly could not just appoint Attica without making it at least appear like there was someone else.
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE, WE DID GET TO SEE SOME INTERESTING METRO COUNCIL ACTIONS.
One? Mary Woolridge is just like a little kid who gets picked last to play basketball. If she don't like it she wants to take her ball and go home. Childlike behavior throughout on her part.
Two? Woolridge just found out she has no power. She should be careful accordingly as her Council colleagues just may make her the next example such as her good friend Judy Green was.
Three? Never trust a Council woman scorned. Woolridge just outed what we ALL know exists out of spite. Collusion behind closed doors. Makes you wonder if we would have ever seen such a display if Jerry was still in charge doesn't it?
This should be a great example of just why we need transparency at every level.
Bottom line. While none of this is surprising, it is a glimpse into what we can expect from our elected members of Louisville Metro Council in many ways. The sad part? None of it is surprising, not a bit.
See you next time folks.
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