To the Editor,
I was truly dismayed by the by Scotch Plains Democratic Chairman Lou Beckerman challenging Mayor Mary DePaola to "not succumb to the whims of a few members of the local Republican Party".
This admonishment comes from a man that has Kevin Glover as his candidate for Mayor, a man that is one of the most divisive, partisan people I have witnessed in my 25 years of following Scotch Plains politics.
This admonishment comes from a man who repeated gets defensive when it is brought up that Jeff Strauss was supposedly alienated by the local Democratic Party for his independent thinking, but feels it is ok to claim that any Republican elected in this town has ever "been told how to vote or promised retribution".
You, Mr. Beckerman, are not in my mind or the mind of my fellow Republican Committee Persons and am insulted by the insinuation by you or anyone else that a few members of our Party control the decisions and direction of our group.
This admonishment comes from the head of the local Democratic Party that had your predecessor giving hand signals to Mr. Glover from the audience at Council Meetings on how to vote and when to speak. This is not rumored actions, but events I witnessed myself.
Lastly, this admonishment comes from the head of the local Democratic Party just hours after Mr. Glover, in a blatantly partisan manner, held up the inevitable appointment of Edward Saridaki to fill the Township Council vacancy under the guise of not knowing who he was.
I find it hard to believe that as an involved Scotch Plains citizen, Mr. Glover never heard of a Scotch Plains resident that was a member of the Scotch Plains- Fanwood Board of Education for 9 years, involved with Scotch Plains Youth Baseball for 7 years, and part of the Scotch Plains Soccer Association for 10 years.
And if he truly didn't know of Mr. Saridaki (or the other 2 names submitted, of which I was one), why didn't he reach out before the vote to speak to Ed or simply Google him and see his unquestionably high level of qualifications for this Council seat.
I contend strongly that he did not want to do this because he wanted to be his typical antagonistic self and vote nay at last Tuesday's Council Meeting.
So please Mr. Beckerman, look at your own glass house before casting other stones in the future.