Brian Davis Resignation Rumor
by Geoff Kelly - posted 12:15 pm, April 10, 2009
Ellicott Councilman Brian Davis will resign shortly after surgery next week.”
“Davis has been in ill health for some time; the surgery will address some abdominal issues as well as a tumor located on his hip,” sources continued.
We are being assured that recent rumors & phony allegations brought against Davis by his & the Mayor’s political enemies like Len Lenihan, Carl Paladino, Tom Kobus, et al. have anything to do with his stepping down.
Sources were not in a position to offer any names for Davis’s seat. However, there is expected to be a real donnybrook for the seat because the seat represents the 6th vote making the Council “veto proof”. The confirmation requires a simple majority in the case of the Buffalo Common Council 5-4. More later
This is what came later, from Davis himself, according to Illuzzi:
“Joe, I will not be making any definite decisions on my future on the Council until after my health issues have been resolved. At that time I will talk our situation over with my wife, then the Mayor. I will make the political decisions to stay or move on at that time.”
I’d be interested to know Illuzzi’s source for the initial rumor. Because whoever told Illuzzi that story is in a rush to throw Davis under the bus, even before (and assuming that) Jim Heaney’s much anticipated story on Davis breaks in the Buffalo News this Sunday.
The “donnybrook” that Illuzzi anticipates will break out among the Ellicott district committee people, who will recommend a candidate to fill Davis’s seat. Before Mickey Kearns came along, that recommendation pretty well sealed the deal. Kearns introduced a successful initiative to change the process, requiring the Council to advertise the vacancy, accept resumes, and interview candidates.
The new process has been used just once so far, when Antoine Thompson vacated the Masten District seat to go to the state senate. The Council duly interviewed a number of folks, and then chose the candidate recommended by Masten’s committee people: Demone Smith.
The Ellicott District’s committee people are largely controlled by forces aligned with the Council’s five-member majority and against the mayor. (As always, “controlled,” “aligned with,” and “aligned against” are gross simplifications. But I trust the point is clear.) So it seems likely that the candidate recommended by the committee people will be palatable to the five-member majority.
But Illuzzi is correct: There will be a fight.