From its start in January 2009, and up until about 18 months ago, I was a regular contributor to MWatch. I have not contributed much recently, due more to change in circumstance than to change in conviction. But what may be the end of this saga urges some reflection on how we got here.
Three years ago, Lou, as the most prominent political figure in the county, ruled like some feudal prince. He dispensed patronage and meted out punishment. If you disagreed with him or failed to pay the proper obeisance, you were in trouble. As a public employee, you were forced out of your job. As a fellow freeholder, you were ignored and insulted. As a private citizen speaking up on a public issue, you were humiliated.
MWatch started because we were fed up with Lou’s arrogance. Since its inception, Lou has given us plenty of fodder — his politics of personal destruction (including the 2009 sheriff’s election and the Jannarone vs. Greco fiasco last fall); his awarding contracts to cronies, including favored nonprofits and independent contractors, some tied to out-of-county interests (Norcross machine); NacoGate; giving jobs to supporters (remember Ma’Quan Dawkins?); his mean spirit (remember the Nancy Sungenis letter that said, of the 2009 Independent Candidates, all long time honest and caring public servants, “We will also not forget that they are now traitors to the [Democrat] organization and it’s ideals”?) For a litany of Lou’s wrongdoing just through 2009, read the four-part “Lou Chronicles” on this blog.
By early 2010, we thought, thanks in part to our extensive documentation of his offenses, Lou would finally go. We knew various governmental investigations were underway. We kept hearing about imminent indictments. But nothing happened.
And then, like some deus ex machina, a former mistress flies in, bearing emails and photos. The emperor has no clothes. He is revealed as physically repulsive and so very, very foolish. One of his minions once remarked to me how dumb some of Lou’s victims were. Who could be dumber than Lou? And consider the irony — people (and timid newspapers) could not bring him down despite his political transgressions. Yet his end might be due to an age-old story — the wrath of a woman deceived.
So, does Lou deserve this humiliation? I say yes. I am not a vindictive person and am naturally inclined to sympathize with someone who is down. But with Lou — well, conventional wisdom might call it “Karma” or remind us, “What goes around comes around” or “You reap what you sow.” Undoubtedly, Lou is not a happy person right now. He is probably suffering. In my view, he is getting what he deserves.
PS, Jack, who is “dazed, bruised and battered” now?