The Coalition spokesperson Rev. Mario Martinez during last nights CC meeting - openly stated that Stoffa had in fact encouraged COAF to get the petitions names - Why didn't Stoffa deny it? Because it is true. Stoffa stated after the meeting to 69 News that this issue is not about Gracedale, he said it is about the Home Rule Charter and what it allows and does not allow.
What? Is Stoffa serious or is he delirious? This matter has always been about Gracedale, and always will be about Gracedale. It only became a HRC issue to Mr. Stoffa or anyone else for that matter, after we collected 23,391 petition names. If we were in fact violating the HRC, why then didn't Mr. Stoffa say that during the October 2010 Meeting? Why did he encourage the Coalition to spend 90 days pounding the pavement to collect the requirements for a referendum? Simply stated, because he didn't believe that Gracedale really meant that much to The People. Well it does...and yes we did it - to Mr. Stoffa's amazment.
It is now apparent that Mr. Stoffa among others have been spooked by this new high level of taxpayer participation. A level that clearly sends the signal to our elected officials that desire to control the county beyond their authority, that we have discovered the rules, we will learn them well, and apply them whenever our elected officials go astray.
No, this is not about 23k county executives materializing at will as suggested by the CE...its about the CE doing what is right, it is about CC doing what is right, and we must say that last night we observed some changes that may, and perhaps will inspire all concerned to put an end to this madness.
And someone really should inform Mr. Stoffa that the HRC does not trump the Constitution of our great democratic society. It is quite clear in the last paragraph of the first amendment that The People have the right to petition government for redress of grievances.
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