Thursday, March 30, 2006

MERLA MAY RUN AGAIN.

Today's Asbury Park Press reports that John Merla may seek reelection as Mayor of Keyport as an independent. He is presumed innocent until proven guilty, but is this a wise move? Read the article here.

5 comments:

JIM_PURCELL said...

politics is funny. i think something no one is thinking about, and maybe it's not that important outside keyport, but if merla gets a third party going it's not going to be welcome by either republicans or democrats.

but, he has some very strong support though it will be at least interesting to see just how strong or weak in an acid test at the polls.

as much of a media maelstrom as this will bring, it will nonetheless be interesting.

William H Seward said...

Is it a wise move? I he a wise man?

The answer to both questions is probably not. It only gives the US Attorney's office more motivation to nail him, not that they need anymore.

Win or lose in court, he will lose at the ballot box.

John would be better served to focus his time, energy and money on his defense.

Elephants_not_donkeys said...

WHS, I agree with your analysis. Not an unimportant point: he made a big deal out of his "bedside promise" to his mother. Some will be offended at his reversal no matter what his spin is: it will be seen as self-serving, which is exactly how he should not be seen during his trial.

Plus, we all know that independent candidates, even without the baggage of arrests and indictments, have a tough time at the ballot box.

I wonder if something else is going on here. I wonder if it is a ploy to drive up turnout in Keyport if his former campaign manager Terence Wall is the nominated candidate in the fall.

Honest Abe said...

Elephants_not_Donkeys addressed...
"I wonder if something else is going on here. I wonder if it is a ploy to drive up turnout in Keyport if his former campaign manager Terence Wall is the nominated candidate in the fall."

I think that would backfire on Terence if he did.

Honest Abe said...

Message to "General Sheridan":

Be very careful which battles you choose!