On December 17, 2012, a special meeting of Bellevue Council was called in order to replace Tom McDermott as solicitor. Changing solicitors and other borough employees is not in an of itself a scandal. However, when certain facts come together at just the right time and add up to a narrative of deceit, cronyism, and corruption – a scandal jis what you’ll discover!
During this special meeting to replace the solicitor, Councilman Mark Helbling explicitly pointed out that the law firm which Linda Woshner, Jane Braunlich, and Jim and Sue Viscusi seemed all too eager to hire for a number of months was the same law firm which represented Councilwoman Jane Braunlich in her disgraceful lawsuit to throw out a military member’s absentee ballot in order to secure her seat during the previous election. Questions of impropriety and ethics violations were raised at the very notion of the fact that Braunlich had a previous relationship with this law firm and it seemed far too coincidental that their names surfaced again and again until the votes added up to replaced McDermott.
Additionally, as if Braunlich’s connection to the new law firm was not questionable enough, Councilman Frank Camello proceeded to unpack a story accusing Council President Linda Woshner and known political meddler Mark Purcell of conspiring to acquire his vote in a similar attempt to replace Tom McDermott a year prior to this incident. According to Camello’s story, President Woshner explicitly said, “You have to vote to replace McDermott, Mark Purcell wants this to happen now.” Compelled by his conscience to vote on the merits of the job performed by McDermott and not by outside influence, Camello voted against the move and has since been shunned by the current majority as someone unwilling to cooperate with their schemes.
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This is yet another example of the gross dysfunction of the current majority on Bellevue Council. We have an opportunity tomorrow (Tuesday, May 21) to rectify this dysfunction. Councilmembers Jane Braunlich, Jim Viscusi, and Sue Viscusi are each in a heated contest for their respective seats. Councilwoman Braunlich, in fact, is running for mayor and hoping that her husband Mike Braunlich will replace her on council. Let’s look to some new, capable leadership for our borough rather than perpetuating this gross dysfunction and cronyism which has plagued it for decades.