“If I was the county councilman right now I’d be looking to get this thing taken care of I’d say, ‘Gee, Jeff, what is it going to take to get this going away?’ ‘Well, how about some training and certification for my deputies? What about some squad cars?‘ ” said Eric Bodenweiser, chairman of the 37th District Republican committee, on a local talk radio show”.
That was a quote from Eric Bodenweiser concerning an incident between the Sussex County Sheriff, Jeff Christopher and Sussex County Councilman, Vance Phillips.
Mr. Bodenweiser seemed to infer that the two should settle what could have become a legal battle in some backroom deal, one that would have had the councilman offering to give into the demands of the sheriff, in return for the sheriff dropping any charges or threats of a law suit. Some saw this statement as Mr. Bodenweiser suggesting the use of influence peddling to solve a personal altercation between the two men.
The original quote was made by Mr. Bodenweiser on the Dan Gaffeny Show on WGMD, a local talk radio show, during which Mr. Bodenweiser was given the chance to walk back the statement, which he did not.The Wilmington News Journal also ran a story with this quote in it. He was then asked on another show, by another host to defend the statement, which he did, but never did he attempt to take it back.
The really interesting part of this second time was something else he said also.
While being interviewed on The Angel Clark show Mr. Bodenweiser also made the statement that, “we”, meaning the Republicans, ” should take some lessons from the Democrats” and learn to “sweep these things under the carpet”.
Mr. Bodenweiser was subsequently voted out of his position as the R D of the 37th Republican District of Sussex County, a voluntary position I might add. That’s right, it was felt that his statements had so embarrassed the Sussex GOP, that he was voted out of the voluntary position within the Sussex Executive Committee. And trust me the vote wasn’t even close.
So yesterday Mr. Bodenweiser officially started his campaign by announcing on the same talk show that he made that original quote, The Dan Gaffeny Show. He announced his intention to primary the incumbent Republican of the 19th state senatorial district, Joe Booth. This will be the second time that Mr. Bodenweiser has tried to defeat Mr. Booth for the same position, he was defeated in a primary in 2010 by Sen. Booth.
After announcing his intentions, Dan began to ask him some questions about some hot button issues, such as gambling, and the fact that Joe Booth took a state job after the last election.
Mr. Bodenweiser was more than happy to answer questions about how he would vote hypothetically on such issues as expanding gambling and homosexual marriage. However he seemed to be completely caught off guard when Dan asked him how he would vote concerning a bill that would inflict rent control on local mobile home park owners. The bill would basically tell the owners of these parks how much they could raise their rent, in essence it would put the government in the position of arbiter of what should be a private contract between two private citizens.
If you where listening, as I was, you could actually hear Mr. Bodenweiser sucking air as if he had been hit in the stomach, he even made the statement to the effect of, “wow, you really go straight for the jugular”. He also said something about, “you could have asked me about civil unions”, a topic that one can only assume Mr. Bodenweiser was prepared to speak on.
The very telling aspect of this exchange was that Mr. Bodenweiser refused to answer the question. He took Dan and his listeners on a walk around the block and when we got back, still no answer. He spoke of how nice the people of DMHOA were and that he is actually a member of the organization and has been attending their meetings for some time now. DMHOA is the Delaware Mobile Home Owners Association, they are the advocacy group that is pushing for the rent control legislation.
It would seem that if you are a member of the organization and are attending their meetings, that you would have formed an opinion on the issue. But not Eric Bodenweiser. He first said that he needed to know more about the current bill before he could say how he would vote. But when pressed by Dan and callers, he showed and even stated that he had a “tremendous” amount of knowledge of the bill. And still no answer about the vote. Then he had his Nancy Pelosi moment. We all remember Nancy Pelosi making the statement that “we would have to pass this bill, before we could know what was in the bill” when talking about the Obama care health care bill.
Well Mr. Bodenweiser actually said that the people would “have to elect him before they would find out how he would vote on that bill”, meaning the rent control legislation.
It was at this point that I remembered his statement on The Angel Clark Show about taking lessons from the Democrats. Obviously he took one from Nancy Pelosi, so I called in and reminded him of this, his reply was, ” I don’t know what Frank is talking about, I have never said anything like that”.
Well thanks to Angel Clark we have the audio to prove it.
Please listen to the entire recording and you will get a sense of just who Eric Bodenweiser truly is, but the part about taking lessons comes at about the 5:30 mark.
So either Mr. Bodenweiser has a really bad memory, or he says things that have no real meaning to even himself, or he is willing to change his story to suit his own agenda, I have my own opinion and I’ll let you form yours.
Now to follow this up, Mr. Bodenweiser also appeared on the Bill Collie Show later in the day. I have to say the atmosphere was a bit more congenial for Mr. Bodenweiser. But again there was a moment worth mentioning.
I called in and asked Mr. Bodenweiser if he had taken the time between appearances to form a opion about rent control. He had not, he dodged the question by saying that the bill would be long gone before he was elected, but that he would poll the people of the district to determine how he should vote on it if need be. He had made the statement earlier in the day that he would poll the people on issues, but had qualified that with, on the “controversial issues”, which we can only assume he gets to decide what is or isn’t controversial.
Bill Collie did ask one tough question, “since you would poll the people about rent control and vote their will, would you also poll them about gay marriage?” Mr. Bodenweiser basically said there was no need to poll the people about gay marriage since we all know that everyone is against that.
Now to the title of this post. Bill Collie asked Mr. Bodenweiser if he could put one thing into motion on his first day as a state senator, what would it be?
And Eric Bodenweiser didn’t name a piece of legislation he would sponsor, not a regulation he would repeal, nope! Eric Bodenweiser said what he wanted to do first was to hold weekly “conservative” press conferences, that if that meant him standing on The Greens in Dover with a bullhorn and a music stand, then that is what he would do.
So I think we can all see what motivates Mr. Bodenweiser, not working for the people, but to be seen by the people, to make noise to draw attention to himself.
Is that what you want your senator to be about? Not me.