"I just thought we needed to take a collective breath and enjoy some stability," said state Sen. Jim Ferlo, an early supporter of Mr. Ravenstahl.Spoken like a true Old Boy Back Room Pol who helps hold the strings that bind our puppet-like Mayor.
But the quote that truly blew my mind was this one by another puppet master, "The Boss":
"Maybe the city's in a position to look for some security and let things settle down a bit," said Mr. Onorato. "We don't have elections to distract us."God forbid the public should be distracted by a little thing like an election!
I'm trying hard to think of a context in which an elected public official in a DEMOCRACY could make a statement like that and it be acceptable.
Can't think of a one.
What's even more distressing is the thought that said public official challenged the petitions of his only opponent in his own race this May (Rick Swartz). The very fact that Onorato's Boys thought that they should challenge Swartz, who is a first time politician with almost no name recognition, shows how desperately and cravenly the Old Guard claws to stay in power.
Perhaps when Onorato was speaking of what a "distraction" elections are, he was thinking of his own.
(Hush now. Go back to sleep. Don't let any nasty little elections disturb your sweet dreams.)