Hard as it may be, as crunch time comes up, it becomes difficult to focus on Georgia, Iran, and our long term relations with China.  Even though New Castle County primary elections have little to offer rivaling the scale of dodging nuclear missiles, we as single individuals on the other hand,  have far more effect on local politics, than could we ever impact our national policy.

Endorsements, may work for some people…….But realistically, they are a waste of time….So I’m planning on going through the election season without any endorsement.  Cop out?  Could be, but does anyone really care?  But equally viable, it could also be a stroke of genius…. again, does anyone really care?

But if one steps back and thinks large scale, what may be important and more persuasive than any endorsement, would be to publish those elements that stacked up to tip my vote one way or another….

So we start with the Clark-Dunn race for New County Council President. Basically the choice is simple.  If you are a developer wanting to take over personal property to make a profit, then Mr. Pam Scott is your man… (inside joke)…  If you think our county belongs collectively to its citizens, and should cater to their needs as opposed to developers, Dunn is the one to vote for…

Clark has up to this point done a fairly good job on excusing himself whenever his wife’s property interests are before the Council….  that is fine.  The tipping point, however, was the email going out several months ago.  That was a mistake we were told….  But the silent question, the question never asked was this.  Why does one of this state’s top retail lawyers have bedroom access to the President of New Castle’s County Council’s computer?

One does not have to be a polar bear expert (another inside joke) to figure that out. Bottom line is this:

Why should a conglomeration of Realtors have inside information, and citizens have to wait in the dark until it is vetted in order to find out about it?  Obviously if we approve of this arrangement by voting for and supporting Mr. Pam Scott for County Council President….this trend will continue.

On to Gordon and Coons.

Obviously the black shirts of county government are rebelling and looking for a Bonnie Prince Charlie to return them to their former glory.  It’s not going to happen… and Bonnie Prince Charlie will have to dress up like a women again and slip off to France…

Gordon did some great things and I don’t want to overlook that fact.  When he authorized the temporary moratorium against development, I stood up and cheered.  He ran our County Government, granted during AWESOME financial times,  in good fashion.  But, the financial weather took a turn for the worse the very same year Coons was elected….

The cutting of all beneficial Federal Programs by both Houses of a Republican Congress, dried up a lot of money which Gordan had previously put to good use.  On top of that, the bursting of the financial bubble caused by John McCain’s chief economic officer, Phil Gramm, has recently sapped that income normally flowing in from the transfer of property……  Both these sea changes must be considered when making any comparison…..

But what does not need any extenuating circumstances to compare, is the morality between the two candidates. The Freeberry-Gordon connection is just creepy.  Her romantic involvement with him during his term of office, casts a pale shadow over an otherwise good administration.  Many within the country administration are dreading the return of the “enforcer’ and her realm of terror she brought to those whose incomes depended upon her capriciousness.

In the absence of either candidate flatly coming out for a moratorium on all New Castle County development for five years, which throws everything discussed up to here out the window; the subsequent, lower level, real but oft unmentioned activities mentioned above, will need  to be considered.

If someone offers you a free berry,….. do you take it?

The following elections I won’t comment on at this time….

County Council District 8
John Cartier
Carl Colantuono

County Council District 12
William Bell
Thomas Scherer

Mayor
James M. Baker
Robert I. Bovell, Jr.

President of City Council
Theopalis K. Gregory, Sr.
Norman D. Griffiths

City Council District 1
Nnamdi Chukwuocha
Charles Potter, Jr.

City Council District 2
Ernest M. Congo II
Michele A. Griffiths
Devon L. Hynson
Lawrence C. Smith

City Council District 3
Stephanie T. Bolden
Richard L. Dyton

City Council District 4
Mack D. Cochran
Hanifa Shabazz

City Council District 8
Campbell Hay
Stephen L. Martelli
Joseph D. Zilcosky

City Council District at Large
Darius J. Brown
Dwight L. Davis
Charles M. Freel
Samuel L. Guy
Gary E. Hutt
Loretta Walsh
Vincent M. White
Justen Wright

I could,.. but doing so, at this point would truly be done out of too little information.  Anyone can begin their own research at this site here…..

(If I become persuaded to comment on some of these very interesting races, I will post later.)

Insurance Commissioner: Gene Reed had it in his hand but that was blown by Matthew’s campaign sleuthing. In his favor, if Reed was truly crooked, he would have waited to accept those questionably donations, so that the 30 day financial statement would be our first glimpse of his records. Obviously he is a neophyte to how things are done, and possibly, (stress “possibly”) just had a great idea of how to earn money and exercised it. He wouldn’t be the first politician in this state to do so….. June calls him a “Matt Denn in progress”. But anyone who touches tainted money has the dye on his hands for a long time. Most progressives among each other whisper when party leaders are not present, that Brady, a Republican (shudder), will continue Matt Denn’s approach better than any Democrat…..

Governor: Despite his flaws it is obvious that Protack is the better choice. He wanted the nomination and has worked diligently towards achieving it. If some can be believed, perhaps too diligently…. That enthusiasm has to be balanced with the lackluster attitude of his opponent. First he is not in, then he is in, then not, then in Florida, then after a draft is compiled from a few Protack haters, we get a rousing “well, I guess so… if no one else will do it…. ok….” Imagine if he were elected governor? “Wow… Look at me… I’m a governor…. Time for vacation.” If one does not have a workable agenda, how enthusiastic will be be? We have just gotten through 8 years of a chief executive hailing from Sussex County who had no plan? Why would we want another four? Protack had a plan as far back as 2007. It actually has many good points.

On the other side we have a repeat of a Danello-Shipley match… Bad blood will be spilled, giving Republicans a huge shot in the arm starting on September 10th….. Democrats have no choice but to start slugging in the next few days…. Vision is what is at stake…. Old tricks are stale…..

Jack was first on wind. Carney along with (almost) every other party Democrat lined up behind NRG’s clean coal….. That is fine at first suggestion, but as certain bloggers started turning out real facts to counter fossil fuel’s “fake” facts, Carney wisely switched. Carney seized the high ground by out-flanking Markell and winning Babcock and Brown’s promise to make Delaware a hub for a new industry. He followed that announcement with another: Del Tech would become a center for Off Shore Wind technology….. courtesy again of Babcock and Brown…. Markell was sidelined. With the final passage of a very weakened version, constructed by Tony DeLuca, Carney looked as if he had hit a home run……

Then it hit. Eminent Domain…. He backed the version that allowed developers to seize property to make a profit….. The obvious thought flashed across all Delawarean’s consciousness….. Ok, despite his words, he is really in bed with the developers. Hmmm.

So left with a choice of a Democrat in favor of wind, who is totally independent from developers, and the opposite: a Democrat who is in favor of wind, and incapable of overriding the developer’s wishes, the answer simply presents itself for those willing to see with unfettered eyes.

Delaware collectively (Burris the exception) is tired of Castle… Compromised by his party affiliation, he has lost effectiveness. Oh, he can still show up and cut ribbons, but Delaware deserves more. Oh, he can get tariff exemptions of certain chemicals, but Delaware deserves more. Mike Castle has run his course and the tired, old campaign signs of his, show the same side he first ran in 1992.

Any of you still drive a car from 1992? Any of you still have a computer from 1992? If so,,… how well does it work? There is nothing wrong with longevity, as long as it is productive. But with a Democratic leadership running both Houses of Congress, just how much positive good will a Republican moderate, shunned by his own party’s leadership, be able to provide?

Therefore to remove him, care must be taken to position someone in that other party, who does not make Castle look better in comparison.
KHN did well two years ago. But two years are a long time in the losers chair….

Mike Miller did not do well in his previous two attempts running against Castle. Even though Castle is vulnerable, it is hard to imagine him doing any better this time around. Obviously his run was orchestrated (by someone) to water down any real candidate from gaining traction, by stealing votes from one of Delaware’s minority populations away from someone who actually had a real chance.

Jerry Northington has had a local website up for a good while. He was a regular contributor on the Daily Kos before he tossed his hat into the ring. One can see where Jerry stands and his stands are admirable. No candidate in Delaware has kept the pressure on Castle as well as has Northington. Northington, a veterinarian, summed up the health care crises with the most succicnt remark I have heard on that topic:

“We have for over 100 years known in veterinary medicine that preventive health care is the way to go. If we have known and can do that for animals, why in hell’s name can’t we do it for people?”

That is a good question, and one Mike Castle would never ask.

He who fights harder, wins better.

And I need someone to fight for me for a change.