by: Ted Noftall
I am embarrassed to admit this – but for as long as I have been a close observer of the Port Orange council, for as well as I understand that the Mayor’s favorite expression We Are All Family refers to Mommy the Manager, Daddy the Mayor, and the Mayor’s crony contractor friends as Family, and for as many idiotic conversations I have had with Bob Pohlmann I never appreciated the role the Council members play in that Family until Tuesday evening’s meeting.
As those candidates spoke, incumbents and challengers alike, I realized for the first time they were auditioning for the 3 open positions for the First Children of Port Orange.
That’s right The First Children of Port Orange
- · Possessing that realization I recognize that we all owe them all a huge apology as we have been judging them against a standard that would be un-fair to apply to the children in any family. We had been expecting them to have or acquire hard beliefs and then champion those beliefs ….. even if it meant pulling out all the stops in opposing Mommy and Daddy and this you should ever expect from the children in any family.
So let me apologize to those children applicants in the order the Mayor called on them and note the highlights of their try-out speeches explaining why we should elect them:
Bob Ford – I am the most outspoken but I am only one vote and can only lead if others will follow.
Don Burnett – I am the most ambitious of the bunch.
Dennis Kennedy – I am leaving the Family, because it is better to leave than pull a Pohlmann.
John Junco – I am the busiest on the most committees and I wore a tee shirt I thought the Mayor might like.
Newton White – I was born here and lived here all my life.
Jim Meadows – I was in the Family before and I want back in.
Scott Stiltner – I worked for POPD for 22 years and now I want to sit at the big table.
Having recognized council as the First Children of Port Orange and not responsible representatives of the people with considered positions on which they will not compromise, All we have to do is decide how to pick them. I am thinking about using that old tried and true — eeny meeny miny moe catch a ______________