Plainfield is swirling with rumors that Assemblyman Jerry Green is about to throw Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs under the bus.
Green, acknowledged in a Courier News article of July 2007 as the 'King of the Queen City', handpicked Robinson-Briggs as his mayoral candidate in 2005, exercising his power as head of the local Democratic party.
To that point, Robinson-Briggs was a relative political newcomer serving on the Board of Education, whose residency qualification for that seat was the subject of a lengthy and heated challenge.
Not long after Robinson-Briggs began her term in 2006, Green was quoted as envisioning his protegé taking over his Assembly seat at some future date.
Robinson-Briggs made a 'soft launch' of her re-election campaign at last summer's National Night Out program, where staffers were spotted handing out 'Re-elect Sharon' buttons to attendees. The buttons were also handed out at a community forum at Washington Community School later in August.
At the rally at Plainfield Democratic headquarters on the night of President Obama's electoral victory, Green summoned Mayor Robinson-Briggs forward to address the crowd by launching a chant of 'Four more years! Four more years!' Four more years!'.
As recently as this week, as the Plaintalker blog noted (see here), Plainfield's public access cable TV station (Ch 74) was running footage of a Green/Robinson-Briggs lovefest at the Assemblyman's Obama Inauguration dinner-dance.
Now, rumor has it, Boss Green is willing to ditch Robinson-Briggs in favor of an as-yet-unnamed candidate.
Word is that an internal poll conducted in recent days showed Robinson-Briggs as having high negatives for her management of the City over the past three years.
So, despite being the team player that she is (and which Boss Green touts as the ONLY way to go), the Assemblyman is poised to throw Plainfield's hugger-and-kisser-in-chief under the bus.
And will Robinson-Briggs go gentle into that dark political night?
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