"People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones" ~ American Proverb
Kate Mellina's OpEd piece, "Ethics is as ethics does", which I critiqued yesterday, is creating a backlash for Mellina, and support for Clifton and Cantor.
Blogger "Teddy Roosevelt" calls Mellina a "Sore Winner."
Blogger Barry Goldwater in a brilliantly titled post, likens Mellina to MoveOn.org, and wishes she would.
The harshest response comes for an anonymous Asbury Park activist who cites the "Queen of Ethics" as a hypocritical joke who was supportive of Operation Bid Rig felon Terrance Weldon after Weldon pled guilty to his crimes. As an Asbury Park councilwoman, Mellina engineered a $67,609.00 payment for back pay to Weldon, dispite the fact that the council's labor attorney said that such a payment was at the council's discretion. Mellina asked the labor attorney to change his opinion to state that the payment was mandatory. He refused. This according to Asbury Radio's The Weldon Timeline.
Asbury Radio's Weldon Timeline also states that Mellina revealed during a radio interview that she wrote to the federal judge hearing Weldon's case pleading for mercy for her friend.
Why does Mellina attack Clifton and Cantor who embraced and forwarded her reform agenda? Mellina says they are late to the party. Evidently she was too. I don't recall any Republicans voting to give any back pay to any of the county employees who were snagged in Bid Rig.
If Mellina is authentically committed to her reform agenda, she should welcome support from any political party, and refrain from partisan attacks on fellow reformers. Otherwise she is simply a partisan hack.
Kate Mellina owes Rob Clifton and Jeff Cantor an apology.