Jerry Green's handpicked Ward 3 Councilor Gloria Taylor.
Looks like Plainfield Councilor Gloria Taylor is vying with former mayor Sharon Robinson-Briggs for the title 'Queen of Mean'.
At Monday's Council meeting, Taylor interrupted resident Flor Gonzalez as she began to speak during public comment by asking if the address Gonzalez gave was a residence, and then saying 'What? I don't understand you.'
As anyone who has been engaged in the community knows, Ms. Gonzalez has a long and outstanding record of service to both the Hispanic community and the community at large.
Flor has probably guided more people through the citizenship process than any other person or organization in Plainfield.
Flor has been concerned with the safety of downtown businesses and shoppers. (I remember in particular her help in organizing a community memorial for the wife of Mr. Lee, who was murdered by a youthful would-be robber inside their Front Street store a number of years ago.)
Flor is a former Plainfield Housing Authority commissioner.
Flor is no stranger to thousands of Plainfielders.
Flor is also a brave and committed public figure who has continued to serve all sorts of Plainfielders even while contending with breast cancer.
In short, Flor Gonzalez is a Plainfield hero.
But you would not know that from Councilor Taylor's haughty, schoolmarmish mien.
Taken together with Taylor's anti-Hispanic comments at an earlier Cedarbrook Block Association meeting, one has to wonder what exactly she is up to.
I noted that she did not make a similar challenge to her running mate, Charles Eke, who also spoke during public comment and who also speaks accented English.
Queen of Mean or just 'dirty politics'?
-- Dan Damon [follow]