Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Taking Tips From Massachusetts...

Fresh in off the BLNN is this lovely little tidbit from the Old Line State...

Annapolis Council talks of stripping mayor's power after Republican elected
Days after a Republican was elected mayor of Annapolis, City Council members say they will revisit legislation that would strip the mayor's office of much of its power.

Democratic Alderman Ross Arnett of Ward 8 tells The Capital he will introduce a charter amendment to move Annapolis to a council-manager style of government. The city manager would report directly to the City Council, not the mayor.
You see, back in 2004, when there was the faintest hint that Lurch might win the presidency, the Massachusetts legislature was horrified - horrified - at the prospect that Republican governor Mitt Romney might pick a Republican legislator to replace Kerry. They rammed through a change in policy that took the power to appoint a successor away from the governor and instead made it a special election.

Flash forward to 2010, when Ted Kennedy shuffled off this mortal coil. The special election to appoint his successor - the one that the Democrats in Massachusetts made mandatory after taking the power away from the governor - meant that the Senate would be short one reliable Democratic vote as they discussed ObamaCare. Deval Patrick made an emergency appointment - in opposition to the new rules passed just six years prior - so that the Senate makeup would be more Democrat.

So now that Annapolis has elected a Republican mayor, the Democratically controlled City Council is changing the rules so that the mayor's position is largely ceremonial. Wonder how many nanoseconds would elapse between a Democrat winning the mayor's race and that policy being reversed? I mean, it's not surprising - when the government shutdown occurred, who got blamed? Not the Obama Administration, who refused to accept the budget given to them by the GOP...

Just remember, the internet is forever, and the next time the Republicans are back in power, don't be surprised to see the same turn of events...

That is all.

1 comment:

Chris said...

The position of mayor in Annapolis doesn't have much power anyway, as the city is a council-run entity. But the post has *some* functions that the council wants to take away. It's mainly a way of having a hissy fit for the Dems there.