Unfortunately, everyone knew that Ianello lacked the support on the Democratic Committee to defeat Savage in a head up contest. Therefore, the Stooges plotted to paint a deadlock scenario, with each appearing to back a different candidate, hoping to somehow sneak a win out of the resulting artificial confusion. Wonder Boy backed Jennifer Diagostino, the Executive Director of the Coalition for Economic Justice, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation which is long on rhetoric and short on accomplishments. Polo picked Amber Small, the head of the Parkside Community Association of Buffalo, another not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, which is supposed to be providing services to the Buffalo Parkside neighborhood. In the final event, Small wasn't even nominated and Diagostino had to second her own nomination just to get into the balloting. Clearly, Small and Diagostino were merely dupes used by the Stooges in their scheme. As tax exempt entities are supposed to refrain from political activity, one has to wonder whether the paid leaders of such organizations should be seeking elected offices while still on the payroll.
Following a senseless beauty pageant meeting in February, Wonder Boy finally figured out how to call a meeting:
After an eternity of mincing and dithering, the motion for a secret ballot passed almost unanimously, much to Wonder Boy's surprise. Actually the motion was for a paper ballot. State law requires that committee members vote on a weighted basis determined by voting patterns in their respective election districts, thus rendering ballot secrecy nearly impossible. For instance, my weighted vote is 227. I cast my ballot for Savage, and anyone who witnessed the results knows exactly how I voted.
Once the motion for a paper ballot carried overwhelmingly, it appeared that Savage supporters would carry the day, as Zellner clearly didn't have the bodies to control the meeting. In the final result, Savage got 62% of the first ballot vote and walked away a clear winner. The meeting took 1.5 hours and would have been over in 30 minutes if Wonder Boy had stayed home. Since the vote of the committeemen is merely a recommendation to the County Legislature Democrats who fill the vacancy under the Erie County Charter, it remains to be seen whether they will appoint Mr. Savage to serve until a new election is held in November. Stay tuned for more entertaining Democratic Party hijinks.