Riot in Newark City Council?
November 21, 2012 10:22 AM Subscribe
Can someone explain to me why there was almost a riot in the Newark, New Jersey City Council last night?
The basic story, as I understand it, is that Mayor Cory Booker used a rather unprecedented but legal parliamentary maneuver to get his favored candidate appointed to the City Council.
The Star Ledger
has coverage here
, and Slate has some analysis here
, but neither of them says anything about why this was such a contentious thing to have done.
What's the deal? Why would anyone care enough about this particular city council appointment to want to start a riot about it? Coverage seems to suggest that the local head of the SEIU led the charge--literally in this case--but again, I can't find anything about why they'd be even involved.