But the ramifications of last night’s voting are just beginning. Before I get to that though I’ll mention that as we covered the Singing River Pension meltdown, it became very clear from talking with the locals in Ocean Springs that the Connie Moran show had worn out its welcome in Ocean Springs thus last night’s election results there does not surprise.
The Johnny DuPree show also wore out its welcome in Hattiesburg – Slabbed has some good Pine Belt area political contacts but we’ve not been following Hub City politics closely beyond the financial meltdown at the Municipal School District, which voters evidently blamed (correctly I’ll add) on DuPree, who was trounced by Toby Barker. The circus that was the Plukey Bolton trial also couldn’t helped DuPree’s public image. Neither did Martaze Hammond.
Meantime down in the Bay:
And with the threat of continued political prosecutions gone with Mayor Fillingame’s primary defeat, Poolman made it clear he is retiring from politics:
“My ultimate goal was to defeat Les Fillingame,” Harding said in a statement issued after Tuesday’s race. “With Favre’s leadership, Bay St. Louis will once again become ‘A Place Apart’” The city’s official slogan is “A Place Apart.”
Content with the situation, Harding even held a Favre campaign sign while riding a unicycle down city streets before the polls closed on Tuesday.
“I’m going back to what I do best,” the swimming pool contractor said. “It’s hot, and you need a pool.”
Now for a few ramifications as there are many.
Yesterday’s vote resulted in a new and largely inexperienced Bay City Council. Unlike the outgoing Council the new one will be left with a bare cubbard, which is far better than the City on the verge of defaulting on its bonds the last Council inherited. The next 6 plus months will tight financially and the City’s Municipal reserve will need to be replenished but the worst of the heavy lifting to repair the financial damage wrought by the Fillingame Administration has been accomplished.
Speaking of replenishing the Municipal reserve fund, Slabbed’s recommendation would be for the City to get out of the real estate business totally. A followup recommendation would be to never again spend out the reserve fund to cover deficit spending as it is not designed for that.
Finally I’ll point out that I’ve had several FBI agents tell me time and again that the Bureau does not interfere in elections, even for the lowliest of local offices. The election being over may be the most unpleasant ramification of them all for some parties.
The first political battle to watch will involve the Favre Administration’s pick to fill out the Bay-Waveland School Board. Slabbed is aware of a group of Citizens that have already lobbied the incoming Mayor for more female representation on the School Board. I’ll add there are some dynamite candidates of the female persuasion to pick from that would inject some much needed fresh air to the Board of Trustees.
We’ll have more as time allows.