This venture, Magazzuwatch, started in the final days of 2008. Eyes Everywhere is the blogmeister. I’ve tagged along from the start, sharing the conviction that Cumberland County deserves much better than Lou. We’ve been a bipartisan venture. Eyes Everywhere is a Republican, and I’m a Democrat.
Our goal at the start had nothing to do with voting Lou out of office. Frankly, I don’t think we thought it possible. We just wanted to share our concerns about all we felt was wrong with Lou’s county government. The new year brought with it an all-Democrat Board of Freeholders, and this magnified our concerns. Even I, as a Democrat, think that one-party government is not a good thing for the county, especially when the one party is under Lou’s thumb.
Clearly we hit a nerve among the county’s electorate. Our readership averages over 2,000 individuals a day. But the most amazing thing is how we all became energized by sharing our doubts about Lou. As this sentiment grew, we saw an Independent Leaders ticket emerge. The Republicans used us as a forum for their issues and research, as did independent candidate Sheena Santiago. The comments and insights of our contributors have shaped this blog into one that we feel adds value to the county’s political discourse.
So where will we be should Lou win the election? I don’t think those of us who oppose him will have lost. We have cracked his veneer. We have checked his ambitions – Magazzuwatch played a role in the NACo election fiasco, and I doubt very much that he can aspire to office beyond county freeholder. He must know that he no longer is “king”, free to do whatever he wishes without challenge.
It would be nice to think he has also been taken down a notch. That remains to be seen. Those of Lou’s personality type tend not to care very much about what others think. Lou back in office might be as arrogant as ever. But, if we are fortunate tomorrow, there will be at least one challenging voice on the freeholder board – maybe even two.
We may not get all we wish for tomorrow, but we have moved the needle. Lou is so entrenched, it may take time to see him out of office. But we’ll hang in. Magazzuwatch will continue to watch, and we hope you will watch too.