Brown and Adubato conquer James and Booker
The one-time $6.1 Million Dollar Man loses in a central ward chairman race against the Adubato machine. Joan Whitlow insightfully refers to politics at this level as the clay and building blocks level that generates good will and thereby “donations, votes and victory.”
Booker’s loss across the board in these elections tells me that one of two things is going on: either he is too engaged in city work that midterm politics are actually a distraction, or he really doesn’t think that building a machine is what Newark really needs — or maybe both.
“Eight years ago, there was no choice here,” Booker said. “This is a vibrant and proud day for the Central Ward that demonstrates great evolution.”
But in defeating the younger man’s candidate, Adubato — who gained a second chairman in the city to compliment his North Ward chair — called the mayor’s showing “pathetic,” and suggested that Booker does not have effective field operatives at the local level.
“I call on the mayor to stay here and be a part of us,” said Adubato. “Let’s develop Newark.”