Monday, August 21, 2017
Gahan in eclipse? The ruling circle continues to shrink, but cerebral inbreeding makes better ideas, right? It certainly does wonders for pay packets.
The past two weeks have been vintage in the annals of the scandal-plagued second term of Generalissimo Jeff Gahan.
After Dear Leader's recent Super Tuesday vote-buying spree, we find serial bigot Dan Coffey once again firmly cemented to the mayor's side, with not a peep from local Democrats as to the repugnant irony of the Wizard of Westside's return to grace, or why the right-wing political arm of the Catholic Church should receive special facade treatment at Cappuccino's behest.
Ever noticed how Democratic Party chairman Adam Dickey's pious and mellifluous public words almost never seem to match with what he's engineering, sanctioning and blessing in private?
More intriguingly, recent personnel moves point to the ongoing domino effect of whatever foul-up caused David Duggins to be rushed overnight from the inner Hauss Square sanctum to the relative Siberia of Bono Road.
I've continued to point out that this transfer probably wasn't planned, and because when a mayor predicates campaign finance on the well-versed skills of a bag man at Redevelopment, losing such a financier's daily presence isn't a void to be filled in midstream without difficulty. Knowing where the bullion is buried is a form of job security, after all.
Hence the apparent (rumored) solution: allow Duggins to double-dip while at NAHA, continuing to moonlight coordinating the cash-stuffed envelopes at Redevelopment even as a loyal Democratic foot soldier (Tony Toran) is added at NAHA to do the unqualified Dugout's job, while assigning the task of pretending to do redevelopment work to the already well compensated corporate attorney, Shane Gibson, whose only true mission in the Church of Gahan is to coordinate the Machiavellian subterfuge of the preceding flow chart.
In reality, the troika of Gahan, Gibson and Dickey governs the city, with occasional input from Duggins, and kibbles and bits tossed in the ragpicker Coffey's direction at regular intervals.
It's #TheirNA at present, though this needn't be a permanent affliction.
Newspaper letter writer savages a failing, flailing and floundering Duggins at the NAHA, and follows the bread crumbs back to Deaf Gahan.
GREEN MOUSE SAYS: Shane Gibson to fill David Duggins' shoes as economic development & redevelopment bag man, with a joyous wetting of beaks to follow.
Council approves solidarity resolution as Coffey's therapist advises him to skip yet another meeting.
ON THE AVENUES: Love in the time of choleric Coffey, though it's nice of Deaf Gahan to support the K of C's political agenda.
As an addendum, NA Confidential has been unable to confirm whether New Albany Mayor Jeff M. Gahan or anyone working in the city's administration is under federal investigation or indictment for corruption, bribery or racketeering. It is standard policy of the U.S. Justice Department to refuse to confirm or deny the existence or non-existence of investigations or subjects of investigations. A similar policy exists at the F.B.I.