The big news of the day is former Lackawanna County Commissioner Joe Corcoran showing an interest in the interim commissioner post opened up by Corey O’Brien’s impending resignation.
I’m working on a story that says that for tomorrow’s paper, along with a few other surprises, but right now I want to highlight a letter to the county Democratic executive committee from one of the younger potential candidates, attorney Joseph G. Price Jr.
He wants the job for the next 10 months, and he has a unique way of asking for it.
“To begin, I must pose a simple question: what is that you as a committee are concerned with, the past or the future?” Mr. Price wrote. “If it be the past, then read no further for I cannot serve your needs. However, if it is the future that you are concerned (about), then please go on.”
He asks for the job, but tells the committee don’t bother if you don’t want someone younger.
I love the sheer brassiness of that, but there’s more.
He says he’s a 28-year-old lawyer who hasn’t been politically active around here either with the county Democratic Party or otherwise.
“If you find yourself still reading, then this is a fact that should bring about a sense of intrigue and should be viewed as an advantage for the future of the Lackawanna County Democratic Party,” Mr. Price wrote. “I say this because I believe that this appointment is an opportunity for the committee to introduce a new, energetic face to the individuals of Lackawanna County. It is an opportunity to appoint someone who can serve the Lackawanna County Democratic Party well beyond the 10-month term that the appointment is for. It presents you with the opportunity to get those not involved with the party to start talking about the party.”
He closes like this:
“Would it be a risk to consider me as a serious candidate for this appointment? Most likely. Is risk an essential element of meaningful progress? Yes it most certainly is,” he wrote. “If you have made it this far, then you are truly concerned for the future and I thank you for your time.”
He probably has zero chance of getting the appointment, but you’ve got to admire his flair.
— BORYS KRAWCZENIUK