The writing seemed to be on the wall for several days: Wilmington Mayor Dennis Williams would lose the veto override showdown. Tonight he did.
City Council members overrode that veto with a vote to spare, 10-3.
And so the $145 Million, Fiscal Year 2013 spending plan takes effect, ensuring the city has a budget in place by the May 31st deadline.
Now, let's see if Mayor Williams pursues the matter further -- in court.
Former Mayor Jim Baker seems to have been prescient about the outcome. He suggested to me earlier this week that this was a battle Williams would likely lose: He would lose the effort to force Council members into special session; he would lose the veto override vote; and he would likely lose a further court battle over the issue.
I sure wish the Republicans had big enough majorities in the House and Senate to veto Obama.
Fri, May 31, 2013 8:29am
It's early yet, but it looks like Mayor Williams has trouble negotiating and deal-making in order to get what he needs to get the City on the right path. I like the fact that he has a friend in Tom Gordon. The County has done everything it can to cut off and ignore Wilmington in the past.
Fri, May 31, 2013 9:38am
Williams' plan of action was a shrewd move. It will pay off later.
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:04am
Kavips: The Mayor picked a fight over an insignificant issue. He lost that fight, lost whatever good will he might have had in Council, and he didn't gain any respect from Wilmington residents who, I suspect, couldn't believe that a battle was being waged on who would have access to this slush fund.
I think a lot of voters are having 'buyer's remorse' right about now.
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:55am
Have to agree with ElSomnambulo, voters want safe streets, not a slush fund that will be misused and mismanaged regardless of who holds the purse strings. Mayor Williams promised to get tough on crime, not City Council.
Fri, May 31, 2013 10:53pm
We shall see. I think even though he lost this one, he won the war... Sometimes you just have to fight so they know you will.
These stakes were nothing. Down the road there will bigger fish to fry. Williams was testing the limits.. He knows with one to spare, he has to work on turning two to his side and he has four years.... This actually is rather normal behavior for a hostile takeover, so either he has good instincts or a first rate advisor. He did well. Wilmington is in good hands.
Tue, Jun 4, 2013 4:05pm
Kavips, I would agree...IF Williams had demonstrated this type of political canniness in the past. The Dennis Williams I've known is an Alpha Dog with anger issues. Accordingly, I think that emotion triumphed over reason here. We shall see.
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