Politics

Merulla Loses NDP Nomination

By Ryan McGreal
Published July 13, 2007

Sam Merulla, Councillor for Ward 4, has lost his bid to be the candidate for the Ontario NDP in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek. Paul Miller, a former Stoney Creek councillor, has won the nomination instead.

Merulla's bid has been dogged by controversy, from his former promise not to abandon his council seat to accusations by other nominees that the party was showing favouritism in the nomination process.

Miller will run against Tara Crugnale, the Conservative candidate, and an as-yet unnamed Liberal candidate since Jennifer Mossop announced she will not seek re-election.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan writes a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. He also maintains a personal website and has been known to post passing thoughts on Twitter @RyanMcGreal. Recently, he took the plunge and finally joined Facebook.

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By Dabsweetie (anonymous) | Posted July 22, 2007 at 22:33:28

I was very pleased to hear that Merulla lost the bid. I don't like the man for several reasons but his obvious lack of concern for the job (or is it a commitment?) that he was elected to do thwarts his relevance as a champion for the cities poor and underprivledged. Yes, he recently voted against a pay raise for city councillors but common sense dictates that if no one else voted against it, and he wasn't planning on sticking around anyway (don't the Queens Park bunch make a lot more?)what difference would it make, except to, once again help promote that timeless image of Mr. HereforthepoorHamiltonian. I find it interesting that the same person, who time and again walks out of council meetings before they are quite over, loses his head in civilized gatherings by heckling, and neglects his duties on various committees by gradually reducing the time spent at those meetings (or just not showing up), can be so adamantly Pro-Poor-little-ol' citizen. Cut the BS Merulla. If you really want to help, this is the place to do it - grassroots - citizens with their hands in the dirt. Grand-standing at Queen's Park hasn't done a whole hell of a lot for many of our "local" politicians. I want to see real change and progress - here in Hamilton. Your comments are most welcome.

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By Dabsweetie (anonymous) | Posted July 22, 2007 at 22:35:23

By the way Sam, Dwayne Brown Ward 4 - Above comments - And we can speak more on this after a council meeting.

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