The News apparently is watching our blog. They picked up the story about Linda Forbes being kicked off of the Human Services Advisory Council, allegedly in retribution to her outspoken activism that was at times at odds with Lou.
One of the most outspoken members of the county’s Human Services Advisory Council had her reappointment nixed earlier this month.
She believes that the decision to pass on her nomination has less to do with her past resume of social service work and desire to serve and more to do with her adversarial relationship with Freeholder Director Lou Magazzu and other members of the freeholder board.
Linda Forbes, a former United Way senior vice president who has served on the Human Services Advisory Board since around 2005 when she moved to Millville, said Monday that she feels having her reappointment denied was “payback” for going “head-on with Lou Magazzu” and his colleagues multiple times on a number of issues.
Linda explained to Matt Dunn in more detail than we covered why she thinks she was ousted:
In August, Forbes wrote a letter to the News claiming that the freeholder director “terrorizes people” and whose method is to “control, dominate and squash his opponents.”
“I had a big mouth and got involved in political stuff,” Forbes said Monday. “Certainly, this is what Lou does if you go up against him.”
As is his MO, Lou allowed others to take the blame for this move.
Magazzu directed questions Monday about the appointments to the Human Services Advisory Board, made at the freeholder’s Sept. 10 meeting to Freeholder Jim Dunkins and Riley.
Dunkins came up with spurious remarks. now remember that Dunkins is the same person that borrowed thousands of dollars of county money for his non-profit, at which he took an exorbitant salary. After paying salaries and overhead, and accomplishing nothing, he defaulted on the loan. He is no representing the taxpayers of Cumberland County.
“It was a full board vote. It was not something led by Lou Magazzu,” Dunkins said Monday. “Myself, (Freeholder Jane Jannarone and Freeholder Bill Whelan) made a committment when we were elected to look at all the boards and make sure that the boards were diverse and that there were new people serving. Out of the 12 appointments since we’ve been elected, most of them had been to put women or minorities on the board.”
So Dunkins, who owes everything he has to Lou’s largess, Jannarone that fawns and coos over Lou as if he were the second coming, and Bill Whelan who daily is proving that he has no backbone to stand against Lou even when it means he has to sign on to being fiscally irresponsible all acted on their own accord, with no direction from Louis. Right! Show me three times that this crew has voted AGAINST Louis in a freeholder meeting. It is doubtful that anyone of these accomplices has a mind of their own.
And the video of Dr. Riley last December berating and publicly humiliating Linda, a private citizen who had the gall to stand up at a freeholder meeting and ask questions is downright appalling. It is despicable, inexcusable, there is no shortageof adjectives to describe this bully.This decision was not made by three people with independent thoughts. It was clear retribution, and proof that if you cross Lou, he will take action.
Hey rev’run, did you realize that Forbes IS a woman? Forbes has a resume to be proud of. She has experience. Apparently the only requirement to serve on this board is to be a supporter of Lou (or at least have the sense to keep your mouth shut if you disagree), no experience necessary.