Did Salem Council Embarrass Itself?
Did the group's inability to replace Joan Lovely at a marathon City Council meeting Thursday night reflect poorly on the council?
The 10-member council met until 2:30 a.m. and voted 300 times trying to appoint a successor to now state Sen. Joan Lovely, who until recently was president of the council. She resigned to move to the Senate, leaving a fractured council seemingly incapable of choosing her replacement.
The council was deadlocked, five to five, between two candidates Steven Pinto and Lucy Corchado throughout the night. At 2:30 a.m., they voted seven to three to recess until Tuesday at 7 p.m. to try again to select the 11th member of the council.
So, we have to ask: did city Salem city council members embarrass themselves Thursday night? Did you expect that the councilors would have found a way to reach some kind of compromise?
Or is the real problem with the procedure for picking a replacement? Maybe the councilors made the best of an absurd situation by remaining loyal to their candidates?
How would you settle the deadlock? Rock, paper, scissors? A coin flip?
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