Deja vu: Tom Gordon running for New Castle County Executive?
For people who've been here in northern Delaware for a while, just mention the name "Tom Gordon".
The very thought of the former New Castle County Executive provokes strong, passionate reactions.
The NEWS-JOURNAL reports Tom Gordon is seriously considering running for his old office.
You'll recall Gordon faced Chris Coons in the 2008 election, and lost badly.
But given Paul Clark's political problems, and the presence of yet another candidate - County Land Use Department employee William Shahan - who knows what would happen in a three-way race? And could a vitriolic race for the Democratic nomination for County Executive give an opening to the Republican candidate?
If Gordon runs, you can expect he would relentlessly attack land-use decisions. He'd make Clark's attorney wife an issue (even though she eventually resigned from the Saul Ewing law firm representing big developers). He'd make Clark's middle name "Stoltz", as in Stoltz Real Estate Partners.
And Gordon's legion of critics would remind us of Gordon's Federal indictment on racketeering, wire-fraud, and mail-fraud charges. The big charges were eventually dismissed. Gordon entered pleas to lesser charges.
Gordon served as County Executive during relatively decent economic times. The housing boom was still underway. He must explain how he could work the Gordon "magic" during more austere times.
Posted at 7:20am on April 26, 2012 by Allan Loudell
Insanity, [in-SAN-i-tee], noun: Repeating the same action over and over and expecting a different outcome
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 10:22am
I swear those Democrats have no shame!
Yes, it is most likely we will have Republicans as both County Executive and Council President.
Thu, Apr 26, 2012 6:10pm
Are there no term limits?
Mike from Delaware
Fri, Apr 27, 2012 8:21am
What amazes me is folks will actually want him back. I remember a rather conservative Republican friend of mine saying the last time Gordon's name was in contention (2008), that he was acquitted of his crime (yea made a deal) and he never raised our taxes, so why shouldn't we want him back, other than he's a Democrat? I'm serious; I'm not making that up.
I wonder if Sherry Freeberry is part of the deal?
So is there a real possibility a Republican could actually win? Could be a interesting race for NCC Exec.
Thu, May 3, 2012 3:30am
According to WDEL's own poll, over 98% say he should run again. Sure glad there are term limits on governors and presidents!
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