Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. --Abraham Lincoln*
On Thursday, April 7, the Democratic City Committee met, ostensibly to choose candidates to run on the "Regular Democratic Organization" line. It was the same old regular meeting, so to speak, but there was nothing "democratic" about it. Jerry Green's council candidates, Greaves and Rucker, need only thank Chairman Green for the line, not the committee, as the committee played no part in the outcome. We were simply there to observe, I guess. As usual, there was no vote by the city committee on any of the candidates. The members of the executive committee didn't even receive the courtesy of a phone call from the chairman about those who were coming before him and what his recommendation to the whole committee would be.
When I asked whether the committee would be voting, Jerry said that he was making the decision. Now, at the January meeting, at which the council vacancy (for 1st and 4th Ward At-Large) left by Linda Carter's elevation to freeholder was to be filled, Jerry Green appointed Greaves, saying that "this time we'll do it my way, next time, we'll do it the right way" (emphasis mine). Well, I thought this was the next time--I guess I was wrong.
This is part of what is wrong with the local party. The committee is duly-elected, and yet the chairman alone dictates who gets the line. Now, regarding the Second Ward race, Cory Storch had already said that he was not asking to be considered for the line, as he is running as a New Democrat. However, there were two others who were vying for the line. In all probability, Jerry's candidate may have had enough committee votes to be awarded the line "fair and square," but the problem is the lack of an open and transparent process. It taints everything. There should have been a vote, but there wasn't. Jerry, as usual, did what he wanted to do--he chose who he wanted. Same old, same old.
That said, it's up to the people of Plainfield to make their choices on June 7. Good luck to us all.
*The Lincoln quote is from his first political speech back in 1832. Here's a bit more, for context:
Every man is said to have his peculiar ambition. Whether it be true or not, I can say for one that I have no other so great as that of being truly esteemed of my fellow men, by rendering myself worthy of their esteem. How far I shall succeed in gratifying this ambition, is yet to be developed. --March 9, 1832