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What an absolute disgrace was displayed last night at the council meeting. I am embarrassed to be a Republican, but more importantly a resident. The Jerry Springer mentality that has taken over members of committees and council members is despicable. Committee people lying and making false accusations, childishly slamming doors to make statements, and causing an immature scene were the norm last night at the council meeting. Please know this is your Republican Party in Ridley Park. It is not the Republican Party that I want to be associated with. Maybe it is time to find true leaders and remove the dictatorship that has the Republican Party of Ridley Park held hostage. I know there are good honest people who could bring back civility to replace this dysfunctional collection of people. I’ve always said that a group’s behavior is a direct reflection of its leadership, or lack of it. The State Representative Nick Miccarelli is a vindictive and cowardly person. Instead of bringing the borough of Ridley Park and other towns of the 162nd District money and leadership, he continues to meddle in the borough’s political business like a dictator. He has a whipping boy and puppets on council who continue to conduct all of his dirty political antics of revenge against anyone who disagrees with his view. Can someone please tell me what positive things has Nick Miccarelli done for the borough of Ridley Park? Please don’t insult our intelligence and tell us, “the sound barriers”. He is merely the “Curator” for that project. How about some grant money? We needed the lake cleaned up, the fountain replaced, and some new highway equipment just to name a few things. All I keep hearing is Nick is working on it. It has now been two years since Nick has returned home from Iraq and NOTHING is getting done. He will show up for photo opportunities here in town, but never follows up when a borough need is requested of him. Ask some of the business owners who’ve asked for assistance only to be told he will get back to them, and never does. The truth is: he is only looking out for his next political career move and how he can silence opposition.
His most recent act of cowardice was displayed last night at the end of the monthly borough council meeting. Five of his “puppet” councilors staged a motion to remove Charlie Marone’s calendar from the borough and then gave the borough calendar project to someone outside of Ridley Park. So much for loyalty to Ridley Park residents who support the town while making a living. Mr. Miccarelli has been systematically “black listing” Charlie. He has been contacting other political leaders and demanding that they use Nick for their advertising and not chose Charlie who has done their advertising work in the past. Is this what we want our State representative to be spending his time doing? Five coordinated Republican Councilors displayed a brave and courageous show of support for Nick’s vindictive action. I hope they are proud of their accomplishment last night.
Charlie Maurone, editor of Ridley News, has been in Nick’s cross hairs for a few months now. Charlie supported the petition for the bridge that Sue Murtha and I started at the request of the business owners. The day after we had a town meeting at the intersection next to the bridge in the business district, Nick’s “Community Letter” about the bridge hit our mailboxes. How ironic! It was an effort to show “he” is in charge and in control, the dictator. Obviously disingenuous, the letter had glaring errors about who his office was supposedly working with, Amtrak or Penn Dot. No sincerity or effort to tell the truth, only another opportunity to deceive the public. Soon after our Mayor anointed himself, with Nick’s blessing, to be the bridge authority. The result is no new information being obtained and only political-posturing meetings taking place. I guess he forgets how wonderful Charlie was when he was running for office in past elections.
There are other people who are in his line of cowardly weak fire. He has tried in vain to discredit me since last December 2011 when I questioned his leadership in a private email. Nick’s response was to have Republican leader Bob Boland tell me that my committees would be changed and then the group of Republicans tried to make me disappear by moving my seat on council and taking away the title of President Pro Tempore. My leadership is from within so I don’t need someone to label or give me a title to define who I am. Remember the milk carton joke about me being missing from the January “non-quorum” council meeting? It was aimed at Mr. Miccarelli and Mr. Boland who continue to lie and back stab people with their perceived leadership. I think they are helping my election percentages for next year. Amazing how honesty and sincerity project to the public.
This year Nick is running unopposed so I guess he doesn’t need help from Charlie to get his pictures out in public. The truth is Nick had to place his name on the Democratic ballot because he pissed off several surrounding republican communities (Ridley Township and Collingdale, to name a few) by voting Ridley Park, forgive me, HIMSELF to become part of Springfield’s district. When the redistricting was negated by a court order, Nick had to go back to the republican districts that he voted against, so he cross-registered to assure his re-election. Now he states he is a candidate for all people, unless you are standing in his career path. His calculated vote for redistricting was not for the Republican Party or Ridley Park, but for his next political career move. The State Senator for that district is soon to retire and Nick thinks it is his seat in waiting. Several Republican leaders throughout Delaware County that I’ve spoken to about this “plan” have stated to me in a laughing tone, tell him, “Get in line Nick”
My suggestion would be for Nick to move to that town and leave Ridley Park and stop using us for personal political gain. If you are not going to lead the borough, then leave the borough. In closing I would like to say am an NOT voting for Mr. Miccarelli next month and I would like to suggest that anyone who agrees with me to make a statement on Election Day. You can write in a name for State Representative and I’d like to suggest: Charlie Maurone
Nick continues to try to remove Charlie from the picture, let’s make sure he sees and hears Charlie’s name on Election Day.