August 14, 2007

Knowing When to Say When

There's an old saying that comes from a beer commercial that goes like this: Know when to say when. In this case, we're not talking about levels of alcohol consumption, but of running for political office.

Current City of Lockport 2nd Ward Alderwoman Phyllis Green is running for the 1st Ward seat in the city. After unsuccessfully attempting to have her opponent, political novice Richelle Pasceri, thrown off the ballot, Green vows to fight on.

Fight for what? Fight for the hypocrisy that has marked your campaign? Remember, this is the same Phyllis Green who voted herself a 23% pay raise, rationalizing that the Council needs to raise their own pay to attract candidates. A new candidate steps forward and Green wants her booted off the ballot.

Green sought to deny the voters of the First Ward their right to choose and she should be ashamed of herself. We know, Phyllis, candidates have the right to challenge blah blah blah. YOU did it days after saying we need more candidates, therein lies your hypocrisy.

We need new ideas and new perspectives from our elected officials. Phyllis, it's time to say "when".

13 comments:

Mr. Pink said...

I have to admit I have mixed emotions about this petition stuff. On one hand, everyone should play by the rule and when you don't you should be booted from the ballot...are you listening Mayor Anello?

But when you drudge on through the legal system appealing rulings to get your opponent knocked off...well, then you must be desperate and are doing nothing more than trying to deny voter's a choice.

It's a fine line between protecting the integrity of the election process and bastardizing the process so you can run unopposed.

But I think the Anello and Green cases provide a good delineation between the two.

Matt said...

I lived in the 2nd Ward for 8 years on Lewis near Washburn, but was basically forced to move because I didn't want my kids near the drug activity that goes on there.
Phyliss didn't do a thing to help out, even though I called her several times. It was always blaming someone else or passing the buck. Now I'm miles away, and very happy.
I don't know Pasceri, but if I lived there, she'd get my vote over Green.

Clark Griswold said...

Agreed. New candidates for Lockport voters to explore and possibly vote into office seemed like a great idea at the time to Green, as well it should...Until her exact previous stance was threatening her own seat that is...

The agitator said...

When you first run for office, you claim to be the face of change and reform.

A few years later, you talk about needing to finish the agenda you began. You say you've accomplished much but there's so much more to do.

After even more years in office, you talk about all the experience you bring to the job and how that experience is so important to delivering for constituents.

And then when the cycle begins with that fresh face running against you, you do all you can to keep that person off the ballot because your goal is to collect more years of service in the retirement system.

Anonymous said...

So Pasceri gets to stay on the ballot? I don't live in her ward, but I would LOVE to do some campaigning for Richelle!!! Sign me up!

Tee2Green said...

It's a shame that we as Americans almost didn't have the right to vote for who we wanted to. Phyllis Green hasn't done a darn thing for this city. The one kicker that gets me is that it she collects money from the City of Lockport when she's in South Carolina for parts of the year. Some representative she is. I wish I had a job like that.

She's running for alderman in the 1st ward...rumor has it, she doesn't even live there yet. How can someone run for an elected office and not even live in the district 3 months before the election? There is something wrong with this picture. I say she should be thrown off the ballot!

People of the 1st ward...WAKE UP! Don't vote for someone that knows little about your ward and lives!

cg466 said...
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cg466 said...

Phyllis is the poster child for Evil hope the new Girl kicks her miserable backside all the way to her summer home. And to all you clowns who have supported the witch for all these years get your Munchkin butts out of town too.

Anonymous said...

I just read today's paper and Phyllis sounds like a paranoid whiner! Somebody's out to get her? So she wanted people to run and now she twists it around to say somebody is out to get her? And she's whining about having to pay for a lawyer and Richelle didn't? Phyllis is the one that filed the suit in the first place! I really hope the first ward residents vote for some new blood!

Larry S said...

The previous post took the words right out of my mouth. Green sounds like the rookie here, not someone with nearly 2 decades in politics.

Someone's out to get me - WAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!! No one wants to hear it.

YOU are the one who attempted to deny the people of the first ward the right to CHOOSE. Nothing else you say matters to me.

Cardinal said...

Hey tee2green, you hit it right on the mark. She spends part of the year in South Carolina and has not even lived in the 1st Ward. I agree with you - they should throw her off the ballot because she doesn't live in the ward she wants to represent. Great observation!

Larry S said...

By the way, on Primary Day in September, Green will not be a resident of the First Ward. She is not required to be in the district until Election Day in November.

Anonymous said...

So Phyllis will not be able to vote in her own primary?