A story in Friday's Union Sun & Journal by reporter Mark Scheer started with the line, "Common Council President John Lombardi realizes that he probably committed political suicide on Thursday." This after Lombardi decided that he would support a candidate other than the one endorsed by the GOP.
On Sunday, US&J editor Tim Marren, in his article addressing the issue, wrote "Why is this being called political suicide?". Gee, Tim, why don't you ask Scheer? After all, wouldn't you think that most people got that term from your paper?
And what's with the "oh gee, golly" routine? I mean, writing, "Does anyone else think those terms are a little insensitive. I mean were talking about politics here", is a bit over the top for a paper that thrives on accentuating every negative aspect of politics in the community, except when it comes to the school boards, which you're too much of a wuss to touch. (By the way, Business First has an excellent article on the riches being paid to school administrators in WNY).
The reality of the situation is that Lombardi is the council president. What you fail to see is that the council president is the acting mayor when the mayor is not there. More importantly, the mayor and the council president need to be on the same page politically and philosophically. The mayor picks the council president. If they are not on the same page, it's a bad situation for the mayor, in this case Mike Tucker, who relies on the council president.
You assert that there is "something to be said for a sitting Common Council president to say and do what he believes is right." Wrong. There is something to be said for a Common Council president to put his personal feelings aside and to do what the majority of his constituents want him to do. Of course, we'll have a better idea what the constituents want tomorrow when the primary is over.
Lombardi should resign as council president. Not because people are saying he committed political suicide, but because he and Tucker are so far apart politically and philosophically. That would be the right thing to do for the betterment of the city.
Marren, in the meantime, continues to pick and choose when he thinks it's a good time to play politics. Sorry, Tim, we know better.