Now that Greg Lewis has pretty much signaled to all of Niagara County that he'd rather be somewhere else as he pursues a county manager job back in Minnesota, we are sending up a warning shot to the Majority Caucus, particularly the GOP members: Watch your back.
You see, Greg Lewis was brought to Niagara County when the Democrats had the Majority of the Niagara County Legislature. Dennis Virtuoso and Renae Kimble really drove the process to land him and in spite of the GOP Majority that took over in November 2003, Lewis has always been more loyal to the other side....adhering to the old saying, "dance with the one who brung ya."
Lewis himself is a proud and partisan Democrat. During his nearly six year tenure here he has never made any effort to work with Republican State Senator George Maziarz even though a good relationship with the state would be very helpful to the county. Some sources have told us that Lewis has never, ever set foot in Maziarz' office.
Lewis embarrassed himself (ok he regularly embarrasses himself) when it came to light that he was a donor to the Barack Obama presidential campaign, even though he is supposed to be a non-partisan leader. While we say he can back anyone he damn well chooses in the voting booth, he lost a lot of credibility by crossing into partisan politics -- something that is considered a no-no in the professional world of county managers.
So, now that Lewis has one foot out the door, he has even less reason to show any kind of loyalty to the Majority and can be expected to do all he can to undermine them before this November's elections. Just look at how he has tried to control Homeland Security $$$ in the hopes of creating a position that he could fill with an old crony.
Just look at how he announced a huge tax increase in the middle of the election season last time even though that tax increase was never going to pass the Legislature.
Don't forget how he submarined the Leg on the AES Pilot, the one time he hid from the cameras, took no position and left the Legislators hanging out to dry even though they have been proven right on the PILOT deal.
So, to the rank and file Majority Caucus members: Don't be fooled by those whispering in your ear that Lewis needs to stay. Don't make the same mistake Bill Ross and Mal Needler made when they thought they could trust Lewis and gave him a new contract.
He has shown his true colors...you should show him the way out of town.