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Thursday, June 4, 2015

A new Etch-a-Sketch drawing for Plainfield politics?

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Wouldn't it be nice if Plainfield politics were like an old-fashioned Etch-a-Sketch and we could just turn it over, shake the box and start with a fresh new unspoilt screen?

Despite the big win of Mayor Mapp's Plainfield Democratic Organization in Tuesday Democratic primary, it doesn't seem likely.

If Council members were supposed to get the memo that it's a new day in Plainfield, they evidently did not. Only Councilors Storch and Williams showed up for Wednesday's special meeting to consider an appointment to the PMUA board of commissioners.

In the meanwhile, we await County Clerk Joanne Rajoppi's certification of the election results for the two Council seats. It is not clear to me if she also certifies the Democratic county committee seats as these are not considered elected public offices.

And we still don't know how many dead people submitted absentee ballots for Jerry Green's team in Wards 1 and 4.

In addition, Green remains chair of the City Committee until the reorganization, which he must announce the time and place of. (He conducted an illegal 'rump' session of his faction immediately before the 2009 reorg, at which committee member Mari Bonini - a former Board of Ed member and longtime Dem activist -- was roughed up by police as she tried to sign in.)

With the expected election of Mapp as the new Plainfield Democratic Committee chairperson for a two-year term, the dynamics of party politics in Plainfield will shift dramatically.

His chairmanship would mean that the next three Council races -- those of Councilors Gloria Taylor, Tracey Brown and Bridget Rivers -- would have to pass muster with a committee no longer controlled by Assemblyman Jerry Green.

The options seem quite clear: Acknowledge the new state of affairs, and try to make some accommodation with Mayor Mapp, or continue in outright intransigence and go down in flames.

If Wednesday evening's snub by a Council majority is any indication, it's going to be a long year-and-a-half.

  -- Dan Damon [follow]

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