I like to give credit where credit is due, and the Atlantic City Democratic Committee deserves credit – and not just because their abbreviation is ACDC.
I’ve been critical of Democratic Party leaders in South Jersey for their deafening silence on the wrongdoings of members of their own party, specifically party members former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay, Voorhees Township Deputy Mayor Jason Ravitz, Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy and failed Democratic sheriff candidate Bob Gant who are all members of the South Jersey Fight Club.
I complained that “South Jersey’s Democratic leaders haven’t said one single word about their poor behavior. Not Senate President Steve Sweeney, not Congressman Donald Norcross, not Congressman-elect Jeff Van Drew, not Camden County Democratic Party Chairman Jim Beach, not Salem County Democratic Party Chairman Steven Caltabiano, not Atlantic County Democratic Party Chairman Michael Suleiman. Not even the party’s municipal leaders said a word about these South Jersey Fight Club members.”
Of course this was all in response to Atlantic City Mayor Frank Gilliam and Atlantic City Councilman Jeffree Fauntleroy allegedly getting into a fight at an Atlantic City nightclub.
The Atlantic City Democratic Committee (ACDC) has done what party leadership has not – Harry Hurley broke the news that ACDC voted 27-3 to ask Gilliam and Funtleroy to step down from their elected positions.
Unfortunately, while ACDC has done the right thing, Democratic party leaders still refuse. They continue to circle the wagons all the way to Trenton. Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver told CBS3, “The allegations are deeply troubling and must be appropriately investigated. That investigation is underway and should not be compromised by any forecast or speculation about what steps may follow its conclusion.”
“Appropriately investigated?” Is she serious? There is video of the incident. We know it happened. There is nothing to investigate.
While some things apparently aren’t going to change, ACDC deserves credit for working to get Atlantic City off the “Highway to Hell.”