Erie County Democratic Chairman Jeremy "Wonder Boy" Zellner, continues to waffle as to whether he will comply with the rules of the County Committee or just try to pull another fast one like he did last year in the three legislative districts which cost the Democrats the majority in the County Legislature for the first time since 1977. See http://www.wnypolitics.net/1/post/2013/11/how-wonder-boy-lost-the-erie-county-legislature.html This is Wonder Boy's tried and true method for insulting and antagonizing all the committeemen and ensuring a nasty primary with subsequent long term ill feelings. At the conclusion of Monday night's waste of time candidates night meeting, Wonder Boy said he couldn't see how the committee could reach consensus.
Last Thursday, I encountered two former county chairmen, Joe Crangle and Steve Pigeon, breaking bread together at the local pub. They both asked why Zellner doesn't just have the committeemen vote. I guessed that Wonder Boy wasn't certain a vote would break his way. Failing to follow the rules when they don't work the way you want is as good a definition of tyranny as I can come up with. Kind of makes you wonder when the Jeremy Toth righteous indignation article in Artvoice will appear, castigating Zellner. Where are Dennis Ward's impassioned pleas for party reform now that we need them? The hypocrisy of the current ECDC leadership is flowing like our local sewers in a cloudburst.
And while we're talking about arbitrary rules violations, the county committee rules grant every committeemen the right to a list of all committeemen with their addresses. So far, Wonder Boy has ignored numerous requests from committeemen not in his favor, while willingly turning lists over to his pals. A recent example follows.