By Steve Kush
In Delran Democrat Timothy Weir went through a lot of trouble getting on the ballot and then winning the primary in the Ward 1 council race only to apparently throw all that hard work away by getting in his car and “driving under the influence of alcohol” on June 28.
From the Delran Township Police Department Blog: “DWI ARREST: On June 28, 2018 a Delran Officer conducted a motor vehicle stop on a vehicle driven by Timothy Weir of Delran for a motor vehicle violation. It was later learned that Mr. Weir was driving under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Weir was taken into custody, processed, issued several motor vehicle summonses and he was released pending his court date.”
A DWI arrest is serious, as is a domestic violence arrest, but the difference between the way Burlco Democrats and Camco Democrats handled the incidents is as different as night and day. In Camden County, given that it took 11 days from arrest to the resignation of former assemblyman Barclay, it appeared as the Camco organization circled the wagons to protect him. In Delran, there were no public calls for Weir to get out of the race and no media coverage. The local Democrats, based on the fact they unceremoniously dumped their candidate from the “Team” section of their website quickly handled the issue.
Maybe, just maybe, the Camco Democrats learned a lesson about not hiding things from the Dems in Delran, but we doubt it.
By Steve Kush
When followers of South Jersey politics last heard anything about former Assemblyman Arthur Barclay it was after the discovery of his arrest for beating his girlfriend.
According to several new sources Barclay was scheduled to appear in court on June 28. Additionally, a spokesman for Camden County (and the county police department), Dan Keashen, confirmed to the Courier-Post that Barclay was employed by the county and said “In follow-up, we were just made aware of the incident, which will be investigated by human resources as a personnel matter.”
Never mind the fact that “we were just made aware of the incident” was probably an untrue statement given the fact that I knew about it and gave it to the New Jersey Globe and I knew about it because I was told by someone who was told by yet another person, I then confirmed it with a cop and a guard at the jail and a Camden activist posted about it in a Facebook video using a Teddy Bear to show the girlfriend’s injuries. It was one of the worst kept secrets in South Jersey politics.
The probably untrue statement from the Camden County spokesman (who somehow manages to do double duty as the county police spokesman) aside, it’s time for Camden County to tell the taxpayers there if they are still paying a guy who was arrested for domestic violence nearly $60,000/year.
Bob Greco is a former chairman of the Cumberland County GOP and Steve Kush is a Republican political consultant. Together we'll deliver political news and opinion in our own unique way via a weekly radio show on Crusin' 92.1 FM every Saturday morning at 7:00 A.M. and here on this website.
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