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Monday, November 28, 2005

Term Limits' Sacrificial Lamb

A Brave, But Not So Brainy Brewer

Ok. We admit it - we just don't get it. For the life of us, we cannot understand why any semi-intelligent public official would go down the path that Upper West Side Council Member Gale Brewer has chosen to travel in the raging term limits debate.

Of all the ways to end or alter term limits - via referendum, charter revision commission, etc. - Council Member Brewer is unquestionably leaning towards the interest-conflicted, legislative fiat. And for this brazen attempt to undo the twice-affirmed will of the people, Brewer continues to get pummeled by the press, public and every other living, breathing creature on this planet.

And tonight's forum on term limits at the LGBT Center proved no exception. At one point in the discussion even the moderator, NY1's Davidson Goldin, took a jab at the Councilwoman asking whether she thought it would be appropriate for the Council to undo the vote (of the people) that put her into office.

During the evening, Brewer goes as far as admitting that she's not so good at politics, but COOOOMMMMME ON! What gives?

Has the Council Member struck a deal of which we're completely unaware (let's say with her Speaker candidate of choice, Bill de Blasio)? For her sake, at this point, we certainly do hope so.

Regardless, we do commend Gale for her display of courage in the line of fire. Next time, though, we'd suggest she bring along any of her savvy Speaker wanna-be colleagues. She's sitting on their grenades and from the looks of it, has no back-up in sight.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Look, Gale is an idiot. Whether or not DeBlasio or anyone else is complicit in this is immaterial. There's a decent case to be made on the issue, but she's an idiot, plain and simple.

11:09 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i don't get it either. what the hell is she doing?

10:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The simple fact that Brewer and the Speaker Wannabees are floating the issue is, in itself, a reason that there is not a case to be made to loosen or abolish term limits. Even if by a third referendum, that the council as a collective body is considering this is reason enough to maintain or even tighten term limits.

8:56 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't get it. I always regarded Gale as being very smart, and very good-govt. oriented. What could she have been thinking?

12:48 AM

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