"Hi, I'm Bob Levy... And Craig
Callaway Approved of This Message"
A Fictional Tale
DON P. HURLEY
January 31, 2006
The new Mayor in Atlantic City gave his
"State of the City" Address before a "non-political group", consisting mostly of
an audience of politicians and those who think that they are or would like to
be politicians. (Don't you need to know what the state of a city really is
in, before you can truly deliver it to others?)
I was not one of those in
attendance, so I have created the following event in a fictional manner,
that some might even consider to be real, if they
were endeavoring to discover the true "State of the City" of Atlantic
You all know by now that
political advertising must always either precede or end with a disclaimer about
the approval of the message or the particular ad.
In the case of Bob Levy, I have
to surmise that his speech this afternoon started out something like
this: "Hi, I'm Bob Levy....and Craig Callaway has approved of this
message that I am about to read to you".
From this point, Bob Levy must
have said for the thousandth time how he intends "to bring Atlantic City
together". This from the would-be Mayor Levy who has fired more than 60
Atlantic City residents from their jobs in his first 30 days in office. That's a
real positive way to bring people together and help real working families
in Atlantic City.
No State of the City Address
would be complete without at least acknowledging the rash of more than a
bakers dozen of shootings that have taken place since Levy became Craig
Callaway's personal assistant on New Years Day.
My only unsolicited advice to
Levy, is to stop blaming the citizens of Atlantic City for not "diming out"
the shooters involved in this violent crime spree. Put your police, (who
really know their jobs), in the right places and allow them to operate
without your political interference, or that of your Political
Levy...you have created a
blanket of fear in City Hall with many of the political thugs
that you have surrounded yourself with. Many City Hall employees are in fear to
speak out against you and your cohorts. YOU are the one, Bob Levy, that created
a "gag order" for ALL city Hall Employees, so that no one is free to speak about
any of the outrages that you and your cronies are perpetrating upon the
people of Atlantic City. So...can you imagine how innocent people, who
are being victimized by gun-slingers, are feeling when they are reluctant to
speak with you?
Speaking of City Hall
Employees...Bob Levy....how many is enough when it comes to Craig Callaway's
family and Friends plan that you have created for employment in Atlantic
City Government? This is one "State of the City" item that I am quite sure
Bob Levy would like to have left out of his speech
It must be certain that Bob
Levy, at this juncture, must have spoken in favor of his fellow Political
Poacher, Craig Callaway, and his attempt to create a full-time position for
himself and double his own salary from $30,000 $60,000 per year.
(It should be noted that this is the same Craig Callaway who attempted to
orchestrate a one dollar per year salary for Tom Foley for his
real full-time job as Emergency Management Director).
This would have been a good
time for Bob Levy to have outlined the "merits of hiring a Public Works
Director, who not only has no management experience, no real
documented skills in public works, or most importantly, does not
possess the (required by law) Certified Public Works Managers
Certificate". "So What"! Bob Levy might have said.
In fact, this is just the point
that Bob Levy must have outlined in his speech of the "nation-wide search"
he conducted and the numerous interviews he completed to find the most
qualified people to serve in his new administrations cabinet. Levy, I am sure
was as surprised as everyone else, when the top candidates just
happened to end up being members of Craig Callaway's family and friends
As for the proposal to raise
yearly salaries for all Department Heads and certain professionals within
Atlantic City Government, Bob Levy might have said: "They only want to
raise their own salaries from 28% to 100 % a piece, what's the big deal. This is
not worth going to war over".
So, if none of this
is worth going to war over, than no one should expect Bob Levy to go to war
with Craig Callaway any time soon, for anything else
worthwhile on behalf of the citizens of Atlantic City. This is referred to
now as a Mayor and Council "getting along".
This would have been an
appropriate time in the speech for Bob Levy to congratulate and
properly thank the Citizens "Fiscal Responsibility Committee" for
doing the job he was afraid to do for himself in standing up to
his boss ,Craig Callaway, and most of City Council who have exceeded any
political arrogance in history with their attempt to jack up their own salaries
from five to ten times the city median average .
It can be guaranteed that Bob
Levy must have made mention of controlling all of the law suits and litigation
in Atlantic City. Does that mean that Levy intends to finally drop his own
law suit against Atlantic City,(that many people think is
frivolous anyway?) Or is this just another way for Levy to
really control how he and Craig Callaway's lawyer pals are going
to get even richer?
As for the real State of the
City...please let me know when someone delivers a speech in Atlantic City that
is true and that they really have some belief in.
Until then...the rest of us can
now please return to the real world. And ,Bob Levy and Craig Callaway...you can
please stay in whatever world it is that the two of you reside