CITY COUNCILMAN DOES THE JOB HE WAS ELECTED TO DO……HOW UNUSUAL

The minute you do a blog that praises some one, some people will read into it some special interest or hidden motive. I’ve known City Councilman Charles Potter for a long time before I ever had a blog, and long before he started advertising with this blog. I know about Charles Potter, and he stands way above a very suspect group called City Council. This blog about Potter would not have been written, if Ron Williams didn’t hurl a very misguided and untruthful column at him in the News Journal on Wednesday….Williams actually blamed Potter for doing something that all elected officials SHOULD do, but usually don’t. Potter forced a city agency to do its job and serve the people, can you imagine that? He had officials from Licences & Inspections come to his area, examine situations which needed attention, and followed through to see that those violations were corrected and the rules and laws were enforced. What a unique concept; an elected official actually serving the people who elected him. But it doesn’t stop there, when it comes to Charles Potter; ust take a glimpse at his job description, and then see how well he does in fulfilling it.

1. One of the criticims we have of politicians is that they stick together and support one another at all costs, on all issues; whether they are good of bad. The night of the City Council vote on the eminent domain plan, every City Council member who voted FOR the eminent domain plan, gave as their primary reason; “I support the motion because Councilwoman Shabazz wants it and I always support what my colleagues think is best for their district.” WHAT A CROCK OF FECES!
Did you understand that?….”they always support what their colleagues want them to.” I recentlylooked up the City Council oath of office, and I just couldn’t find a single sentence that said anything about supporting CITY COUNCIL COLLEAGUES.
I did see a lot of sentences about supporting the PEOPLE of Wilmington, but not a single word about ass-kissing fellow city council members.
WELL, POTTER REFUSED TO DO THAT. HE OPPOSED THE INCREDIBLY UNJUST ATTEMPT AT TAKING PRIVATE PROPERTY FROM PEOPLE BY THAT MAJOR CON JOB CALLED EMINENT DOMAIN….HE WAS THE ONLY CITY COUNCIL PERSOn WHO CHOSE TO STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE.

2. Charles Potter did something very unusual at the last election. He saw the need to get rid of Senator Harris McDowell for more reasons than I have time or space to explain. Potter dared to oppose the system by challenging McDowell in a primary. You know McDowell, he’s that absentee ghost State Senator, who lives in a haunted house in Middletown, but suddenly appears in the flesh at his Baynard Blvd. home, just before election time. Harris comes on the scene waving hundreds of thousands of dollars from street money funds, in a blatant attempt to buy his election. I will never forget sitting at a Little Italy Civic Association meeting just before election time. I watched a presumably sober McDowell approach the mic, turn to the Association President and say; “Luigi, call my office tomorrow. I have $125,000 dollars for you.” Yes, it was that blatant, that corrupt. It was classic McDowell at his best. Luigi Barone stongly refused the attempted bribe, and in effect told him to shove it…a classy move. Of course, Potter’s fellow City Council members , who have had their collective noses stuck up a McDowell body part for years, opposed Potter for daring to challenge their “house whitie”; Harris “how much will it take to buy your support” McDowell. Of course the Wilmington Black Caucus openly endorsed McDowell, and strongly campaigned for him….and it wasn’t because he was white. It was because he was “green”, as in dollars. Potter lost that primary, partly because there were two other anti McDowell candidates,who split the “Harris Must Go” vote. Too bad; Try Again Charles!

3, Charles Potter shines in another area of Public Service. We often hear this phrase around election time. “I am always available to my constitents”:. Yeah, yeah, yeah….Most of them mean “I’ll see you around election time”. Not Potter. Every Wednesday morning for 2 to 4 hours, City Councilman Charles Potter, and State Representative Dennis Williams sit in the diner on Lea blvd. as individual constituents come in a steady flow to see him; not as a group, but in private one-on-one conversations. They make their case, ask questions, get complete answers, and are listened to. They engage in the type conversations that can only remind me of the “fireside chats” with President Roosevelt of the nineteen forties. I’ve been at the diner. I’ve seen and heard the chates. I’ve seen him buy their coffee, pay for their breakfast, at times, (with his OWN money, NOT street money). I have spoken to the constituents at times, and they are satisfied, and espeically grateful for the time and attention Potter and Williams give them. There is no time limit. They get no empty promises. Potter and Williams tell them the truth and sometimes refuse to do what can’t be done; but the people had their concerns taken seriously…and that’s all most of us want. Potter and Williams do their job.

So, there it is…you can believe the Ron Williams view of Charles Potter, or the view of what is true and real. I have been failing to convince Charles Potter to run for Mayor, where he could change this City into what we all want…instead of using it as a cash cow for satisfying the egos of a group of do-very-little political hacks. Any ideas about that possibility?

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