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NJ.com

A behind-the-scenes political maneuver by Newark Mayor Cory Booker to fill a vacant council seat with his choice led to a near-riot in city hall tonight, with dozens of residents rushing the council stage and police responding with pepper-spray.

After weeks of jockeying for Rep. Donald Payne’s successor, Booker made an unprecedented personal appearance to cast the deciding vote with his council allies for Shanique Davis Speight, a longtime ally of power broker Stephen Adubato, over the angry objections of residents.

“In the absence of a quorum, I have an obligation to sit in,” Booker said, though he was barely audible over the din.

The packed city council chamber was gearing up for a showdown over the appointment as well known figures including former Mayor Sharpe James, Amiri and Amina Baraka, former Councilwoman Gayle Chaneyfield Jenkins and former Council President Donald Bradley came to back their choices.

Councilman Ras Baraka attempted to speak but was not recognized by Councilman Anibal Ramos, who was serving as acting president. Instead Ramos proceeded with the nomination of Speight.

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It’s cute how the writer reports this, giving us the names of the “politicians,” as if they are anything but the usual parasitical thugs. These are progs, no? No need to give the names, they are all alike.

» 14 Comments

  1. mkultra

    November 21st, 2012

    There was no loss of life. Cat 2, at best. Wait until the shriveled teats of big gubmint finally dry up. Then things will get exciting.

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  2. thirdtwin

    November 21st, 2012

    Hmmm…got a Shanique, 3 Barakas, and a hyphen in the same room. What could possibly go wrong?

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  3. even steven

    November 21st, 2012

    Every time I read some twit’s comment in the blogosphere about “stupid rednecks”, I’m going to think of this video and smile. Yep… we shore is stupid out here in “flyover country”.

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  4. thirdtwin

    November 21st, 2012

    Upon further review, an additional hyphen and an Adubato have been added to the count.

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  5. grayscape

    November 21st, 2012

    We’re becoming as corrupt as Zimbabwe….so what’s the difference? All Democrat-ruled inner cities are essentially like African shitholes.

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  6. Lance o Lot

    November 21st, 2012

    Of course, in Bulawayo or Harare the cops would have used AK-47s instead of Mace.

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  7. thirdtwin

    November 21st, 2012

    Lol, even steven…”City Councils in the Mist”

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  8. Diann

    November 21st, 2012

    Where are all the hairy-armpitted morons hollering, “This is what democracy looks like!”?

    God help us one and all

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  9. msq

    November 21st, 2012

    well, what did you expect?

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  10. msq

    November 21st, 2012

    grayscape for the win!!

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  11. Maudie N Mandeville

    November 21st, 2012

    This may be the best America can hope for: Blue cities so chaotic that the force of government is never able to render its ‘attention’ anywhere else.

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  12. thirdtwin

    November 21st, 2012

    Grayscape…with apologies to Solzhenitsyn, “Welfare Archipelago”?

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  13. ? everything

    November 21st, 2012

    & so it begins, I say let ‘em tear up the town & everything in it. mob rule baby.

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  14. Clyde

    November 21st, 2012

    Warm-up for Black Friday at Wal-Mart.

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