Friday, June 23, 2006

MERLA A DEMOCRAT

Embattled Keyport Mayor John Merla is now a Democrat, according to a June 8 Courier article, as well as a report in this week's Independent.
Merla, elected as a Republican, was nabbed in the FBI's "Operation Bid Rig" and faces eight counts of corruption charges. He maintains his innocence and intends to go to trial and fight the charges. He had previously beaten charges brought by then County Prosecutor John Kaye in the early 90's by going to trial.
Once considered a rising young star in our party, Merla was a candidate for Harry Larrison's open freeholder seat in December 2004, opposing Bill Barham, who was elected. Merla and others would be arrested the following February.
Some who supported Merla now say they would have supported Barham had they known of Merla's alleged corruption.
Merla had declared himself an independent last year; this year he becomes a Democrat. We wish him well in his new home.

17 comments:

Matthew McGrath said...

http://www.bayshorenews.com/1/template.php?ID=213

Credit where credit is due, Abe. The Independent wouldn't even know about that if it wasn't for my article.

Honest Abe said...

Thanks, Matt. I have corrected the post.

JIM_PURCELL said...

i don't think the merla thing will be a slam dunk like o'grady was.

Elephants_not_donkeys said...

OK, I'll bite. Why, Donkey J, don't you think the "Merla thing," as you so eloquently call it, will be a "slam dunk like O'Grady was"?

Matthew McGrath said...

Thanks Abe.

JIM_PURCELL said...

i don't think he's going to have as passive a defense. whatever the outcome...who knows? i just don't think it's going to be as quick a trial.

this is the point where you say something really derisive. don't miss out now. something totally superflous and snarky...sort of like a softhanded little gop lawyer who matches perfectly.

this is based on our previous discourse of course. if i give a straight response, you still have to say something witty, in an oscar wilde kind of way, with a little throaty laugh at the end like after a martini lunch. you know...to furrow the old eyebrow...right?

Honest Abe said...

Or maybe he will get sick just before trial. Spalliero did it again. It's Pavlovian, man.

Elephants_not_donkeys said...

Jim, I am surprised at you! I recall that it was you who waxed lethargic about the importance of humor when discussing matters political. In fact, you told me to "lighten up," or some derivative thereof, when you sensed I wasn't being....err..snarky.

Anywho, this may come as a surprise, but I actually agree with you on this one. While O'Greedy sat quietly for much of his trial, Merla's overfed ego will make for more courtroom dramatics. And since he's been down this road before, we can assume he will try to re-do that which has been done previously.

And I am still trying to figure out what on earth a "softhanded little gop lawyer who matches perfectly" is. Donkey Jimbo, is that a snark in your pocket, or are you just happy to be here?

JIM_PURCELL said...

whatever oscar. i wouldn't try to out-snark a hipster. way too old for that sort of thing.

DUD said...

I think John Merla just may beat this. Watch and see.

home in the dell said...

. said...
I think John Merla just may beat this. Watch and see.
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Looks like somebody has eaten their keyboard.

Howard Stern said...

What does John's jump to the Democrat Party say for Vic and the entire Monmouth County Democratic Party!

And is anyone implying that John is innocent? Pleaseeeee!

JIM_PURCELL said...

Howard:

Vic can't regulate who becomes a democrat, as much as you folks can wave a wand and say someone can't be a republican.

it doesn't work that way. in america, people fill out a form and can elect to be a registered voter in a party.

vic controls his own appointments to the county party as well as who he supports as candidates personally. even in the case where a democrat were to run off the line in a primary and win then he still doesn't have anything to do with it until the county or him directly supports that person.

what does it say about vic? nothing at all.

and john, if he wins his case or loses his case it's up to the jurors. they determine guilt or the lack thereof at this point.

unless, that is, you are going to summarily sentence him to "blogger time" for creating a ruckus.

Howard Stern said...

I just received word from my sidekicks, Robin, Fred and Gary that . is related to John through marriage. Maybe that explains his supportive comment.

DUD said...

I try to bring an alternative opinion to the debate, and all I hear is talk about eating my keyboard, and who I am related to.

the inside airbather said...

did your keyboard taste good?

Oi Vey! said...

I keep having an odd nightmare. I don't remember much, just the huge tires that chase me down every street in town.