Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Congrats to Jeff Weill, New Councilman for Ward 1

We now have a replacement for the highly respected Ben Allen. Congratulations to Mr. Weill for winning his election against John Ditto. They both ran clean races and gave voters a good choice, a luxury that is not always available on the ballot (see Hinds County Tax Assessor's race).

I supported Mr. Weill because he was a prosecutor and lawyer. Since Jackson has a mayor that has shown repeatedly that he will blatantly lie to a City Council that is facing an FBI investigation, I think he was best suited for helping the City Council avoid the minefields that lay ahead. At this time what is needed is someone who is a battle-tested veteran such as Mr. Weill.

Mr. Ditto was a good candidate and I hope he runs for office in the future as he would be a credit to Jackson. One of the failings of government all too often is that it doesn't attract many people like Mr. Ditto who went to prestigious schools such as Vanderbilt and have a good understanding of business. While I do not have a favorable opinion of Mayor Kane Ditto's tenure in the office, that does not extend to his son. If Mr. Ditto ran for an office such as Transportation Commissioner, Supervisor, State Senator or Representative, or similar, I could support him.

Once again, congratulations to Mr. Weill. Now its your turn to represent us. Good luck!

Update: That didn't take long. The Jackson Free Press scooped the local media again and is reporting that the Jackson City Council was advised by City Attorney Sarah O'Reilly-Evans to get its own attorney in response to the current FBI investigation. It appears the City Council will need Mr. Weill's expertise sooner than I thought. Kudos to the City Council as well for choosing the law firm of Phelps Dunbar, one of the most expensive law firms in Jackson (I have a copy of a bill from Phelps ten years ago and in terms of gouging, oops I meant billing a client, it is truly a work of art.).


Anonymous said...

Congrats to you for at least trying to cover some aspects of this election. Has anyone figured out yet who is behind the video? It appears the Free Press crowd suspects Frank Melton. Can you give us any more data on the Viral Jackson shop? At this point it looks like Y'allPolitics is ducking because it hurts his friend. But the question of who did the video remains. What do you know?

Kingfish said...

I honestly don't know anything about them. I analyzed the clip versus the facts and they were true which I documented in the post below it so that you could verify them. I didn't think it was a smear job as it did remind people in a colorful way of Mayor Ditto's term. Me, I would have just shown pics of Jimmy Wilson. That would have scared anyone.

As for Melton, I doubt it was a Melton stunt. Anyone who has read my stuff for any length of time knows what my opinion on him is. I would think that Melton would not want a prosecutor and lawyer on the City Council. I didn't post it because of who the group was, I posted it because I thought the clip was good, had the facts right, and was out there on the internet.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with you. The video was surprisingly good. I also think there wasn't anything ill about bringing up Kane's record. Here is why I think so.

Someone mentioned on Y'all about Democrats calling Democrats urging them to vote for a Republican. We still don't know how we ended up on this list because we don't vote Democrat but my spouse received a call from a member of our church who doesn't even live in this ward on Monday evening. This church member is a long time and well known activist for Democrats locally and in state elections.

She said to my spouse that she knows we vote for Democrats (huh?) but that many Democrats were working hard for Ditto. She said they were asking all Democrats in our ward to support him too even though he was a "Republican". She also said that John would be able to lean on the valuable advice of his father Kane.

I had seen the video in the office earlier that day before we got that call but once we realized our church friend was selling both John and Kane as a package then the message in the video became much clearer. If Kane is going to be John's counsel then as voters we are compelled to understand Kane's record too in making a voting choice.

I don't see anything wrong with the video at all. Yet something makes me think it was home grown because I have to think that if a candidate was behind the effort they would have released it last week.

Normally Y'all would have analyzed the video. It was posts there that led me to your blog. I suppose I now have to read Y'all with the same grain of salt like I read the Free Press since they'll both not cover something if they are close to the candidate.

Thank you again for making an effort it appears no one else was willing to make because of their allegiance to a candidate.

Kingfish said...

Thanks for the nice words about my blog. I wouldn't be too hard on Alan. These are blogs, which tend to be fairly subjective, as they should be. It is Alan's site and John is a good friend of his and I have no doubt Alan has full confidence in John to act in the best interests of Ward 1.

Now answer this: How many people have been banned off of yall?

Now me, I like the jackassery label on my blog. Its alot more fun to be a jackass to everyone, hehe.

Thats the beautiful part about Jackson Jambalaya. I'm not bound by a particular focus or topic. If I want to cover Jackson stuff one day, I can. One day it might be jazz, astronomy, Iraq, funny youtube clips or something else. You don't know and neither do I. I've got my own little chickblog going courtesy of DWF which is getting alot of traffic. There are a couple of more poeple I want to get writing on here that will make the blog more distinct. Hopefully it will all work.

Tom Head said...

nejammer, I can't think of a case where Alan has offered up analysis of a viral video in a municipal election before. It's not like there was some anti-Weill video floating around that he did analyze, so it'd be hard to claim bias.

That said, I recommend reading all blogs with a grain of salt. Mine included. Free thought is a wonderful thing.

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