Tuesday, January 3, 2012


In a maneuver carefully designed to demonstrate how little I know about City Hall these days, Councilwoman Darlene Harris was elected Council President today for a second two-year term with the support of council members Ricky Burgess, Patrick Dowd, Daniel Lavelle, Theresa Kail-Smith and newly minted Councilman Corey O'Connor.

Burgess was appointed Chairman of the Committee on Finance and Law by Harris, a position which entitles him to hold a gavel on Tuesdays and to write strongly worded, politically loaded open letters to the city's financial oversight panels.

Since I don't know why this developed, how council members Bruce Kraus, Bill Peduto and Natalia Rudiak came to be left out in the cold, or what this means for the future, we will fill the remainder of this essay with familiar song lyrics.

We're no strangers to love
You know the rules and so do I
A full commitment's what I'm thinking of
You wouldn't get this from any other guy
I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling
Gotta make you understand

Never gonna give you up
Never gonna let you down
Never gonna run around and desert you
Never gonna make you cry
Never gonna say goodbye
Never gonna tell a lie and hurt you

MORE: The P-G alludes to "personal political differences"; the Trib has Mayor Ravenstahl foreseeing "a very, very good time"; Infinonymous detects "no apparent majority for anything"; Early Returns perceives the avant-garde possibility of "a veto-proof six votes in support of Ravenstahl"; Chris Potter sagely writes in retrospect that "Harris' defection to lead a council bloc allied with Mayor Luke Ravenstahl should come as little surprise".