Look who is talking about ethics
There's balls and then there's balls and it takes serious balls for a serial ethics offender to lecture other people about ethics. But that is just what happened last week.
Freeholder Director Phil "cement sack" Crabb waddled out to the attack last week, desperately looking for a handle to grab hold of. He even tried the "conspiracy" line and accused someone of writing the statements for the two freeholders, an Assemblyman, a Senator, and a posse of mayors and local elected officials who disagreed with him.
This is coming from Phil Crabb, someone who hasn't exactly been a font of original thinking since he was jumped over a dozen people to be elevated to the Freeholder Board. Has Crabb ever stood up to County Administrator John Eskilson, even once?
A case in point was when Crabb spoke out of turn to the Herald and said that he supported the taxpayers' right to know the details of what they were paying for. Then Crabb got the word from John Eskilson, that he hadn't read the script right, and had to exercise a painful public about face. That will teach Phil to call John and get the script before opening his mouth.
Crabb so cravenly follows Eskilson that if John stopped short, Phil would find his head lodged somewhere unpleasant. Eskilson doesn't even actually have to write Crabb's stuff for him, because Phil just waits until John speaks, writes it down, and then reads it back word for word.
When these tepid attacks failed, the "boss" of our Freeholder Board brought up "transparency" as a defense. Freeholder Crabb wants us to believe that he is more "transparent" because he opposes letting the people know anything about a contract they are on the hook for until after it has been voted on and it is too late. In Crabb's mind, he opposes transparency because he supports transparency.
Crabb twisted, kicked, and screamed trying to prevent the people from knowing how they were done by the "professionals" who continued to rake in big fees even when all work had stopped on the solar project. Citizen activist Harvey Roseff asked, "When did Sussex County change our governing structure from 'of, by and for the people (not professionals)'"?
The state's campaign finance laws are the primary means of transparency by which citizens can see who our elected officials are taking money from. They are our basic barometer of ethics.
That doesn't matter to Phil Crabb who openly scoffs at the law. Freeholder Phil is Sussex County's poster boy when it comes to ignoring ethics rules. He operated his campaign account for four years without filing timely reports in accordance with state campaign finance laws.
Then in 2011, his GOP running mates put their foot down and wouldn't let him on the ballot with them until he straightened his act out and both filed his past due reports and started filing future reports on time. Crabb got better, but still missed a lot of deadlines. It looked like he had cleaned up his act for his 2014 re-election but the moment the election was behind him he missed his first filing deadline.
Crabb has some balls talking ethics.
And George Carlin was probably thinking about Crabb's kind of "professional" businessmen when he wrote this skit: