The self-professed untouchable bulldog was touched by We, The People in a way that still has head spinning. He says in the news report however, "I have a 12 years of proven record of being an expert on the budgets in the county, and being a financial watchdog." Mr. Angle is just too funny.
We'll start with the financial watchdog. Ron Angle always has an angle to make other peoples money, his money. Lets go back to August 19, 2011. The Express-Times reported that Mr. Angle had been sued by Palmer Cotturo, who was able to prove his case in court. And, who was awarded 1.3 million dollars as a result of the court action.
As we followed the story then, In October of 1997, Cotturo purchased 126 acres from Angle, also two adjoining lots, with the intent of creating a property slightly less than 200 acres in size. Ron Angle mortgage the property to Cotturo. However, in 2004, Mr. Angle purchased the property back, with an agreement of course, that Cotturo could buy back the property. We couldn't understand then, nor do we now, why they were selling the property back and forth to each other. It was revealed sometime later that Angle was supposed to participate in developing the site. The question is: how exactly was he supposed to participate? What was in it for him? What was the money making scheme? Who knows? The man with all the angles knows, but he's not talking. Cotturo's attorney argued that instead of helping further the project, Mr. Angle torpedoed the project. Five or six weeks after their agreement, Mr. Angle exerted political pressure on the township board of supervisors to appeal a zoning variance that allowed a 60-lot housing development on the site. As we understand it, the move resulted in Tucker Homes withdrawing their application.
Toll Brothers Inc., A second prospective buyer decided not to pursue the deal because of a certification disagreement with Mr. Angle. And, when a third buyer was found, according to Cotturo's allegations in court, Mr. Angle approached the third buyer directly. Yes, Ron Angle is a watchdog who is always on the prowl, seeking to devour his prey. The Honorable Judge Braxton however, didn't allow that to happen in Cotturo's case. He found that Angle "engaged in continuous acts to undermine Cotturo's efforts and defeat the contract." Awarding Cotturo monetary damages to the tune of 1.3 million dollars.
Now, as for the twelve years of budget experience on County Council, he gets a big "F" from us. Yes, he failed the entire county with the antics he displayed to get what he wanted into or out of the budget. He never listen to anyone, especially those who mattered most...the taxpayers who paid the bills, the voters, who grew tired of his nonsense. And, he lied to us when he said taxes would have to go up - 15, 18, 20, even 30% at one point (numbers he threw around), if Gracedale was kept in county hands. We should trust him now to count the eggs in the chicken coop. We don't think so man of angles. The only angle we will allow you is the one that knocks you down...AGAIN!
Count on that!
More to come...