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Mayoral Race, Political

Press of AC on Lorenzo Langford

   This is from today’s Press of AC editorial endorsement for John McQueen, Jr.to win this November’s Mayoral election.  

Here are their comments on Lorenzo Langford, Democrat candidate:

Langford was not interviewed by The Press editorial board after he apparently confused the date of the meeting. But he has a track record in office – and it isn’t good. Langford’s administration was steeped in much of the classic divisiveness, patronage and politics of City Hall, including pressuring city employees to collect absentee ballots for a political ally. That violated the Hatch Act, and Langford settled a federal complaint in 2006 by agreeing to stay out of office for 18 months.

Still, the most compelling reason why Langford does not deserve another term is how he handled hundreds of thousands of dollars of settlement money wrongly given to him by City Council, which was controlled by his supporters at the time. The settlement was contested by the state inspector general from the start, and Langford knew it – yet he spent and gave away the money. The Supreme Court of New Jersey ordered him to repay it. It has yet to be fully repaid. Someone with that kind of indifference to the law, the courts and the taxpayers of Atlantic City should not be entrusted with the highest office in the region’s largest and most important city.

At last count, Mr. Langford owes me and every citizen in Atlantic City approximately twenty-four cents.   Mr. Langford, where is my quarter?

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About Jesse O. Kurtz

I am committed to fulfilling the promise of Atlantic City. The town would benefit from greater political participation by average citizens. Hopefully, some of the posts herein will encourage you to get more involved in your community. This blog will also feature other topics and subjects beyond Atlantic City. I hope that you will come to love Atlantic City as much, or more than I do.

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One thought on “Press of AC on Lorenzo Langford

  1. Do you think it will make any difference? Langford didn’t show up to the editorial board meeting because he was afraid of the tough questions they’d ask. And he couldn’t reschedule? The man is slime and needs to be shown the door once and for all. Maybe then he’ll figure out he needs to find a real job.

    Posted by dave202 | October 23, 2008, 6:51 pm

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