Worrisome returns for Newark mayor
Joanie’s back! Insightful and entertaining, Joan Whitlow deconstructs this week’s local elections.
Sure beats reading about Booker’s rims.
It is a good bet that most Newark voters looked at the ballot Tuesday, saw the candidates running for district leaders but were not quite sure who those people were, what they would do if elected and, afterward, why there was so much fuss over the results.
There was a fuss because district leader politics is politics at the level of clay and building blocks. A political party’s leaders are traditionally the people plugged in to get problems solved and answers rendered for neighborhood people. They provide foot soldiers for elections, but victory often comes between elections, from the buildup of district-level good will that translates into donations, votes and victory.
They are the stuff of which political machines are built. There is evidence from Tuesday that Mayor Cory Booker’s engine is sputtering with two years to go before his re- election race.