A Letter to the Editor in the News – slated for print tomorrow:
To the Editor:
In his letter attacking Jane Christy (The News, Aug. 13, “Stop bashing Lou and tell us what you will do, Ms. Christy”) Kerry McDowell repeats the tired mantra that Lou Magazzu is good for Cumberland County because he “gets things done.”
I don’t believe “getting things done” is sufficient for good governance. After all, you could say the same thing about Genghis Khan. He got things done.
The problem with Magazzu is that he is just plain mean. McDowell brushes this aside, saying, “His tough no-nonsense personality sometimes rubs people the wrong way.” I would say that is the understatement of the year. More than rubbing people the wrong way, he terrorizes people. From first-hand reports, he has threatened to fire county employees.
Lou of the “no-nonsense personality” said he intended to sue me after I questioned whether he deserved an award he had received for all he had done to combat teen pregnancy (which was nothing).
Magazzu’s method is to control, to dominate, to squash the opposition. The charge that he has stacked the freeholder board with those loyal to him makes sense. After all, he decides who is on the Democratic ticket. So, yes, Mr. McDowell, he does control the freeholder board. He also controls the Cumberland County Improvement Authority board. That’s why Steve Wymbs’ contract was declared null and void.
For anyone wanting more lowdowns on Lou, check http://www.magazzuwatch.com.
Finally, I must say that Mr. McDowell’s letter was extraordinarily well-written. I have worked as a professional writer, so I can pretty well tell professional writing. It makes you wonder along these lines: Magazzu has a fat campaign chest, so he can hire a writer who writes the letter Lou wants. Given all the people tied to him directly or indirectly through various favors, it probably would not be too hard for Lou to find someone willing to sign it.
Well, you get the picture. Hypothetical, yes, but maybe the hypothesis will be proven or disproven by the next letters we see supporting Lou and attacking those opposing him.
Linda Forbes, Millville