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Musings on the mess in Ellicott

This much is for sure -- the voters in the Ellicott District are not well served by what's transpiring.

If what we've witnessed in recent weeks, and especially since Friday's fiasco, has anything to do with governing in the interest of the district, well, please someone enlighten me.

What I see is ugly, divisive and dysfunctional politics.

We interrupt this blog post for the latest Byron Brown photo op. That's him, holding a press conference, to announce he's dropping something in the mail. I kid you not.

Brown photo op, outside the post office


Meanwhile, back at the ranch, my reading of the tea leaves still sees this as a race between Buffalo State economics professor Curtis Haynes, backed by the Champ Eve faction, and the Rev. Darius Pridgen, backed by Grassroots, i.e. the mayor.

City firefighter Bryon McIntyre is gaining some traction, and attorney William Trezevant has pockets of support, but the folks I'm talking to regard both of them as long shots, especially Trezevant.

The winner gets the seat vacated by Brian Davis, who apparently has no shame, judging by his conduct Friday.

Two words of advice: "lie low." At least until the judge sentences you.

The way the nominating process works is that the candidate with the fewest votes is removed after each round of balloting. With a dozen announced candidates, we're talking a lot of ballots. Eventually, it will come down to a mano-a-mano vote, mostly likely, my sources tell me, the prof and the preacher.

The prof, in his interactions with committeemen, is said to be coming off as a bit academic.

The preacher has taken an aggressive approach, right down to talk among his supporters of picketing City Hall if their man does not get the appointment.

I'm not sure that kind of talk is going to sit well with members of the Common Council who will make the actual appointment. In fact, I'm pretty sure it's going to prove counter-productive.

I could be wrong, but at the end of the day, I think its unlikely the Council is going to appoint Pridgen because of the perceived -- and, in all likelihood, real -- support he is receiving from the mayor's camp.

The news Tuesday that the Council majority has decided to keep its leadership in place, including Dave Franczyk as president and Richard Fontana as majority leader, shows there is no significant division among the majority that will choose Davis' successor. That is bad news for Brown and, by extension, Pridgen.

Brown and Steve Casey has been playing political hardball with the Council majority since shortly after he took office four years ago, and you know what they say, what goes around comes around. The antics at Friday's candidate forum are likely to only harden those feelings.

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