By DON P.
There is, in deed, a stranger
among us; and his name is Bob Levy.
Bob Levy is a
nearly 50 year, life-long Republican masquerading in a Democrat Primary
Election for Mayor of Atlantic City.
I can not take credit for the
term "stranger" for Bob Levy, as Mayor Langford created that appropriate title
for Levy at a forum in their home civic group. I say "their home civic group"
generously, as Levy only joined the Venice Park Civic Association a few weeks
ago for political purposes. Whereas, Mayor Langford has countless years of
service and participation with the group.
As someone who
regularly travels in and around the circles of Atlantic City life, I was
struck by a few things as they relate to Bob Levy and his phantom candidacy
for Mayor of Atlantic City:
1. For a person who
claims to be a life-long resident of Atlantic City, and has a more than 40 year
history of working for the city, I was amazed to learn how many people do not
even know who Bob Levy is.
2. And, of the people who
thought they really knew Bob Levy, (many considered friends), they have all
learned together that they did not know him as well as they had
originally thought, and are truly disappointed to see the real Bob
3. The campaign for Levy began
with a big lie. Levy tried to purport that he was kicked out of Atlantic City
High School by a supposed deceased Principal, for inter-racial dating.
Harry Hurley in the Morning blew this lie out of the water, and Levy was forced
to retract this false claim within the Press of Atlantic
4. Bob Levy claims he has
always been a supporter of the Police and Public Safety. This is not true. He
claims that Mayor Langford is placing the Police Officers in danger by not
having enough of them on the streets of Atlantic City. This is also not
5. I asked Levy for his help
just a few years ago, when Jim Whelan, (his real friend and former Mayor of AC),
was leaving the streets with terribly unsafe numbers of Officers to patrol them
properly. Jim Whelan was threatening to lay off Police Officers and Fire
Fighters, if they did not accept the insulting offer of a two-year wage
freeze. Jim Whelan was attempting to eliminate the position of Chief of
Police and also attempting to take away the Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Health Benefits from the Police and Fire Fighters.
6. This was all at the same
time that Whelan and Levy were simultaneously attempting to create 50 plum,
do-nothing positions for their political cronies and friends at salaries of
$50,000 per year, (a generous salary back then).
7. During all of these events,
I asked Bob Levy for help with his maniacal-Mayor-friend. Bob Levy
couldn't have cared less about the Police, Fire Fighters or public safety for
that matter. He did nothing to help us.
8. Levy also did not ever
feel compelled to challenge his friend, Whelan, for Mayor in view of all of
this terrible treatment of the Police and Fire Fighters.
9. Now, fast forward
to today, and Levy has made the supposed horrible treatment of the
Police and Fire Fighters by Mayor Langford as the main plank in his
platform to run for Mayor.
10. Mayor Langford offered
the Police and Fire Fighters a 21% increase over five years. That's 21% more
than Levy's friend and former Mayor Jim Whelan offered. However, Bob Levy
thought that was just fine back then to offer the Police and Fire
Fighters nothing, and threaten to take away their jobs, too.
11. That's the way things were
just a few years ago. Now, the same people are trying to bring those good
old days back in disguise. Why else would it be that Levy has not once pictured
himself with Jim Whelan or mentioned his good friend and former master Jim
Whelan in one of his expensive out of town TV commercials? Levy, instead, has
chosen to show himself with former Mayor Usry and others that he had no real
association with, in effort to fool the people in a short,
dishonest campaign for Mayor.
12. Am I the only one who has
noticed that the only white people in any of Bob Levy's phony TV ads are the
ones posing as Drug Dealers and other perpetrators?
13. By the way, do you think
Jim Whelan is proud of his old friend Bob Levy, who now says he is proud to be
friends with Craig Callaway? Wasn't it Callaway and his syndicate whom
publicly accused Jim Whelan of being a child molester in the last election?
It must be nice to be in such a nice group
14. Mayor Whelan closed two
Fire Companies and also threatened to take away more Fire Fighters jobs
just a few years ago. This was also just fine with Bob
15. Bob Levy claims to be in
favor of Community Policing and will put more officers on the streets of
16. If this were true, than why
hasn't Levy ever urged his good personal friend, Chief Arthur
Snellbaker, to enact Mayor Langford's policies for Community Policing? And, if
Levy was truly so concerned about public safety, then why didn't he accept Mayor
Langford's generous offer of a few short years ago to be Director of Public
17. The answer is quite simple.
Bob Levy has been clearly discovered to be a person that has a problem with
telling the truth.
18. Bob Levy demonstrated that
he was not ready for prime time. He refused to answer any real questions
for an entire campaign and merely hid underneath Craig Callaway's skirt,
(or was that a burka?).
19. And, in between hugging
Callaway at every chance to proclaim his love, Bob Levy was seen
consorting with thugs, bullies and intimidators while regularly
disrupting community events and public forums.
20. The good news is, this
campaign is almost over, and all of Bob Levy's operatives will be moving on to
Philadelphia, and all of other places outside of Atlantic City. They will
all be on to the next election, that they could really care less
about, than for the money they are all in it for.
conclude by urging the people of Atlantic City to come to the polls and vote, in
person, the good old-fashioned American way. No criminal syndicate can
steal this election from you, if you participate and permit your real voices to
Bob Levy has
proven, he truly is a stranger among us. I think we all have been taught as
young people not to talk to strangers. This premise should also extend
to not voting for them as well!