Mango was a frequent contributor to this website during its first couple years, but hasn’t had a lot to say since the downfall of the website’s former subject. A Democrat with Independent leanings, Mango truly felt Cumberland County deserved better than rule by an iron-fisted tyrant who happened to be a Democrat. And Mango naively believed the county Republicans were more honorable.
The current shenanigans of the Republican dominated (thanks in great part to this website) freeholder board illustrate how delusional was Mango’s assumption. The wholesale firing of Democrat appointees appears major overkill and a ploy in some attempt to “get back” at the Democrats for all the crap they handed out over the years. Undoubtedly, some of the targets should go, but others do not deserve this treatment.
But Mango is even more aghast at the latest Republican move. Perhaps they are drunk with power, which they most likely will not long hold on to. Apparently a fair and collaborative interview process was held for the position of 911 coordinator, there was agreement on the top candidate, yet the Republicans end up offering the job to someone else, one of their party loyalists. Can anyone say “patronage”? Wasn’t this one of our criticisms of Magazzu?
Most likely the Democrats will reclaim control of the freeholder board in the next election, and those given jobs by the Republicans will be replaced by Democrat favorites. There is no way the Republicans can criticize, as they have made the rules of the game very clear.
Mango, who joined this website effort at its start in the belief that politics could be honorable, had descended into a hopeless cynicism. I suppose some could say it took long enough.
And so it goes.