So, Mayor Robinson-Briggs has the Police Division give her
a little (extralegal) campaign boost?
As a reasonably seasoned pol, one would think Plainfield Mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs would know that the first rule of cheating -- whether in affairs political or marital -- is not to get caught.
As the photo heading this post shows, Sharon has been caught in a little cheating, of the campaign sort.
Specifically, using the Police Division to post 'Emergency, No Parking' placards on the meters in the public parking lot behind Club Faraones, the site of her Valentine's Day bash last night.
Several people who attended report that there didn't seem to be much (if any) fundraising going on, with no one apparently in charge of collecting at either the front or rear entrances, leaving guests to simply walk in -- though the free roses for the first 50 ladies were only being passed out at the rear entrance.
The decidedly youngish crowd enjoyed the free open bar and eats, dancing to the Mayor's favorite DJ. Most of the city's big political names were notably absent -- except for PMUA Commissioners Dunn and Sanders, and GOP crossover young John Campbell, who was busy working the room. (Former Mayor and Councilor Harold Mitchell and former Councilor Liz Urquhart were otherwise engaged, giving interviews to the Charter Study Commission, which I also attended.)
Except for those honored by Her Honor for their recent promotions, firefighters and police were noticeable for staying away in droves.
Meanwhile, we can await Robinson-Briggs' campaign report to see how much -- if anything -- was raised and how much the free eats and drinks set her campaign account back.
As for the 'Emergency, No Parking' signs, the placard includes a fine print citation at the bottom giving chapter and verse on same from the City's ordinances, which include the necessity of Council approval except in cases of real emergency.
Now, tell me again, what was the real emergency last night?
-- Dan Damon [follow]