He succeeded yesterday, but not in the way he probably had expected.
Tony Mack became the first sitting mayor in the 333 year history of
city to be indicted. New Jersey
Tony, the affable three-sport standout from Trenton High was able to rise above the bleak prospects of life in the city’s Wilbur section. He attended
and came home to become a bright light in the city and .
A former protégé of then Mayor Doug Palmer, Mack eventually became member of
the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders. county Democratic Party
Somewhere, somehow, something went awry.
Some say Mack was mistreated by his former mentor and/or the county political machine.
Others think he may have squandered his natural political skills.
We think his reach exceeded his grasp.
Tony Mack ventured way beyond the limits of his abilities and skated out onto thin ice.
The simple fact is Tony Mack was in over his head in a variety of ways.
His personal finances were a mess. His political career was on the skids. His prospects for gainful employment were apparently non-existent.
The tenacity he showed as a star wrestler, the no-quit attitude kept him plugging away. His warm smile and “look at me, I’m not supposed to be here” story were engaging enough to squeeze him into the mayor’s office in July 2010.
What happened since then has been a well documenteddisaster.
It is very true that an indictment is not a conviction and we all believe strongly in the “innocent until proven guilty” ethos.
Yet Tony Mack is guilty. He is guilty of gross incompetence; guilty of blind prejudice and a mad desire to gain vengeance over those he believes have wronged him. He is guilty of mistaking love of self for love of our city.
Tony Mack should resign, immediately from his position of Mayor of the City of
His vanity; his ego is holding our city hostage. Trenton
Nothing. NOTHING! Not one damn thing will be done that can move
forward unless and until Mr. Mack is mayor no more. Trenton
Of course, if he were to resign, his troubles will worsen exponentially.
It is not too much of a stretch to imagine that, with the amount of debt we know he carries, a sudden lack of regular income will send a herd of creditors to his doorstep, hands out, wanting their due. His attorney may be among those looking for that first position to be paid.
So it is that Tony Mack will stick it out until the last possible minute. He will forsake his professed love for
; he will forsake his devotion to his
family’s well being simply to avoid having to say, “Enough! I can’t do this
anymore. I quit!” Trenton
Tony Mack should do some real soul searching but he can’t. When he stands before a mirror, he doesn’t see the wretched mess he has made of his brief tenure as mayor of
He only sees the nice suit, the warm, affirming smile. Trenton
Tony Mack cannot see the reality. He only sees his “projection” of what he wants that reality to be. And that image is getting dim.
Tony Mack has made his mark on
all right. He won’t soon be
forgotten, but he will not be remembered fondly. Trenton