Last night the Wilmington City Council had one item on the agenda — to vote to authorize funds for an investigation into the facts of former Councilman Trippi Congo’s lack of residency in his District. Do yourself a favor and watch these proceedings (starting around the 41 minute mark) — this lasts about 20 minutes. You can also read a good transcript of this at WDEL.
This is the Charter language on the qualifications and removal of City Council members:
Sec. 2-103. – Qualifications of councilmen.
A councilman shall be a citizen of the United States, shall be a qualified elector of the city and shall have been such for at least one year prior to his election. No councilman shall hold any other city office or employment during the term for which he was elected to the city council. A councilman shall not be less than twenty-five (25) years of age when elected to office. He shall remain a resident of the councilmanic district from which he was elected during his term of office. If a councilman shall cease to possess any of these qualifications, including in the case of a councilman elected from a councilmanic district, residence in the district from which he was elected, or if he shall violate any expressed prohibition of this Charter, or if he be convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, his office shall immediately be forfeited and become vacant. A councilman shall be deemed to have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude upon his conviction in superior court of the State of Delaware, or by an inferior court if its decision is not appealed to the superior court. A member charged with conduct constituting grounds for forfeiture of his office shall be entitled to a public hearing on demand. The council shall be the sole judge of the qualifications and election of its members and for this purpose shall have power to subpoena witnesses and require the production of records.
Wilmington City Charter
- Former Councilman Congo told WDEL that he no longer lived at his previously claimed 2nd District residence and now lived in the 8th District.
- His 2nd Council seat was vacated by Council President Shabazz in accordance with the Charter.
- He came back a couple of weeks later to say that he had moved back to the 2nd.
- He asked for his hearing two weeks ago.
- Council met last night to be able to authorize funds to prepare for that hearing.
- Half of this Council voted NO to authorize this preparation, as if voting NO, not getting any formal information or documents would make this problem disappear.
If you are a Wilmington resident you should be mad as hell about this. You are watching half of your Council make the decision to represent one person — Trippi Congo — and forget about everyone who voted them into office. An office they hold with an oath to uphold the City Charter, which they are conveniently ignoring for their own agendas — trying to undermine the City Council President and trying to protect Trippi Congo from living with his own decision to violate the Charter.
Are you mad yet? Here’s who to vote out of office, here’s the people who are utterly not interested in representing the Wilmingtonians they were elected to represent:
- Linda Gray, 1st District — this ex-“magistrate” can’t bother to read the Charter to understand the qualifications set forth, or the requirement to live in your District, or the fact that your seat is vacated if you move out (written in very plain English). This is a great example of her doing what Sam Guy tells her to do. Vote for Al Mills who really should have gotten this job in the first place.
- Michelle Harlee, 4th District — Councilwoman Harlee is the grandmother to one of Trippi Congo’s children. She should have recused or abstained from this vote. No one in the 4th gets any benefit from her vote to shield Congo and you should vote for someone who will be honorable enough to uphold the Charter, no matter who tries to break the law.
- Vash Turner, 5th District — another one who takes his marching orders from Sam Guy. And another one who thinks that his job is protecting a man who can’t live with the Charter rules. Turner has never had anything useful to add to Council and is one of Sam Guy’s partners in misogyny towards Hanifa Shabazz. Turner is currently running for Treasurer — a job he has no qualifications for — so make sure to vote for DeWayne Sims. Sims has the resume for this job, he’ll take the Charter seriously and he won’t try to sell you crabs or shady cryptocurrency (as Turner does now).
- Yolanda McCoy, 6th District — yes she also does pretty much what Sam Guy tells her to do. Clearly she’s more interested in shielding Congo from any accountability than she is in the health of her own District. The 6th has a few good candidates running, my favorite is Ian Smith who I am certain will make holding up the Charter and serving the 6th his priority.
- Sam Guy, At Large — less of a Councilman and more of a bully. He has difficulty presenting compelling and persuasive arguments for his positions and legislation so resorts to all manner of bullying of the Council President and any other Councilperson who does not fall in line with the conspiracy-theory-of-the-day. Is mainly one long tantrum looking for an adoring audience. Sound like anyone else we know? There are plenty of other At Large candidates running who would take this job seriously (except Charles Potter or Rysheema Dixon or Ty Johnson). Vote for any of them and send Guy home to create a You Tube channel to rant on.
- Rysheema Dixon, at Large — someone who started with so much promise and then decided to let that go in favor of voting how Sam Guy wants her to vote. Lots of people who supported her in 2016 wonder what has happened. And don’t take any claims to “independent thinking” seriously. It’s not there. Which is why she voted with Sam Guy to let Congo pay no attention to the Charter.
Wilmington needs representation that will care about Wilmington, not about helping each other push forward all of their personal agendas. These people proved to you last night that they don’t care about YOUR agenda. Vote them all out. Wilmington deserves so much better than this.