Friday, June 8, 2007

James And The Giant Rumor

So it’s 6/12 at 10:30 a.m. That’s the time that County Executive James McCarthy will announce his retirement. I’m told it’s effective June 30th. So the worst kept secret in town is finally out there. County Councilman Tim Crawford and Summit County Dems boss Russ Pry both say they’re “in-it-to-win-it.” County Council President Nick Kostandaras still wants consideration as well. Personally, I wish someone would ask Bob Otterman, but I’m not sure the former Akron-City-Councilman-turned-state-rep would see a future in the job as Executive.

I’m not sure which way the caucus will swing in choosing a successor on this one, but at least they’re finally moving forward. Rumors about the other “King James” have dragged on too long. I’m told that McCarthy wants to finish out the month to get his affairs and office in order. Considering all he’s done to steady the ship following the reign of Tim “I think I’ll go to Germany this week – again!” Davis, McCarthy should get well-deserved praise on the way out the door. Critics will point to allegations of nepotism, but McCarthy’s legacy of accomplishments will certainly outweigh the complaints.


Village Green said...

Why are there no women leaders in our community willing to step up and get some positive things going? It's the 21st century for crying out loud!

Good to see you on Blogger, Eric! Good choice.

vanillacokehead said...

Frankly, I'm glad to see McCarthy go. The way he handled himself during the whole controversy over his choice of the head of the county animal shelter really turned me off. His arrogance reminds me a lot of the arrogance shown by President Bush.

And, BTW, thanks for becoming a fellow Blogger user. I'm glad I can finally add a feed of your posts to my personalized Google home page. :)