In announcing his candidacy for mayor, Ted Mattox is promising “out-of-the-box thinking.” Mr. Mattox’s previous “out-of-the-box thinking” has consisted of suing his fellow council members and former running mates when they would not vote with him.
To date, this debacle has cost Montclair at least $200,000 in legal fees. Mr. Mattox’s lawsuit makes him unqualified for any position in town government, much less mayor.
It is also apparent from Mr. Mattox’s announcement that his campaign will consist of the same type of demagoguery and invective that is his style. He questions the council members’ “honesty and sincerity” – something he has done repeatedly before – without a shred of evidence to back it up.
He also attempts to denigrate his former running mates by calling them “career politicians.” I am not sure that this is the insult he intends it to be, but the fact is that all of the current council members have non-political careers and are paid a pittance for the extraordinary number of hours they spend on town matters. Mr. Mattox’s irresponsible mudslinging only serves to lower the level of discourse and to dissuade talented persons from being involved in public service.
One more thing – and this is addressed not only to Mr. Mattox but to anyone who runs for mayor – please do not insult our intelligence by promising to maintain or even increase services while lowering our taxes, without giving a single example of how this can be done. Tell us the services you want to eliminate and the people you want to fire before proclaiming that you can lower taxes.