GOLDMAN: Who will win tonight’s Shockoe Showdown?

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Paul Goldman is a local lawyer who helped run Doug Wilder's historic campaign for governor of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – On the surface, it seems City Council has the upper hand on Mayor Jones in tonight’s Shockoe Showdown. But is this true, or is Council at risk to make a huge potential mistake?

In today’s RTD, the Mayor attacks the City Council in strong terms, signaling he knows a Council majority is posed to vote NO tonight on the Jones’ Shockoe proposal.

On the basis of phone calls and emails and texts, it seems people across the city are certain tonight is Waterloo for the Mayor and his Shockoe Shocker.

My gut instinct, we need to see what the Council actually does.

The Mayor thinks he is the greatest Mayor in the history of Richmond, claiming he has done things that no one has been able to do in 400 years!

Get a grip dude!

This isn’t merely a sweetheart deal for his political posse, it goes way further as his statement revealed if you read it closely.

Tonight’s vote might not be the end of it by any means. For example, what happens if Jones wants to withdraw his proposal from tonight’s agenda. What happens then?

Do the math.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in potential sweetheart No-Bid contracts handed out by a rigged scheme without the usual legal protections and now claimed by Mayor Jones has the most visionary proposal in the city’s economic history. His statement even goes farther about how this is the greatest thing since sliced bread.

This doesn’t sound to me like a guy planning to give up any time soon. Let’s remember, he has four sure votes on Council for his Shockoe boondoggle.

He only needs one more.

He doesn’t care that the people of Richmond are overwhelmingly opposed to his NO Bid rigged scheme using the Economic Development Authority – and they seem to be willing participants not unwitting – to heap lavish rewards on a handful of political allies.

I maintain the following now, as I have for all this debate, by refusing to put the Mayor’s proposal to a referendum of the people, the Council allows Mr. Jones to maneuver behind the scenes to find one more member of Council who can be persuaded to defy the wishes of the people.

If the matter was put to a referendum, then the Council would put everything on hold until the public had a say. This would force the Mayor to make his pitch out in the open, not in secretive, smoke-filled rooms.

Again, he has four sure votes. It surely remains possible for him to get a fifth. If he does, the Mayor can use the five votes to ram through all the legal authority he needs to put in place what would be seen over time as the greatest raid on public assets in the history of any locality in the state.

“But Paul,” you say. “You are worrying needlessly. Council will kill it tonight and the whole Shockoe debate will be over once and for all. Just relax. Trust the Council on this. The Mayor will fold his tent after tonight.”

Maybe so. I realize this is the consensus opinion right now, that the Mayor’s statement last night says he knows he has lost and therefore lashed out.

I don’t read the Mayor’s statement as being a bitter swan song. But admittedly this is a minority view right now. But that’s my analysis: Mayor Jones has still got a lotta of fight left in him on Shockoe.

I have never known a politician to toss in the towel just one vote from having it all. At least not so quickly.

Paul Goldman is in no way affiliated with WTVR. His comments are his own, and do not reflect the views of WTVR or any related entity. Neither WTVR nor any of its employees or agents participated in any way with the preparation of Mr. Goldman’s comments.


  • manalishi

    “GOLDMAN: Who will win tonight’s Shockoe Showdown?” So much $ has been squandered already on this democrat pig fraud that everybody loses. If no stadium is built, we can call the tiebreaker for the taxpayers.Rather than just the citizens.

  • Ron Melancon

    Somehow the greedy crooks and all the wine and all the dining and all the hidden deals will find a way to get NUTZY his playground’. Or just maybe the people will win and tell the Mayor he is not the King if Richmond he is an elected official that has chosen to ignore his voters

    • athynz

      I’d love to see everyone wake up and vote that leech out of office unfortunately that won’t happen. King Jones will stay, Charles Samuels will decide to vote yes on Jones’ proposal giving him the one vote needed and Jones will then make good on the “Judge Samuels” promise, and the citizens will lose.

      • Glen Allen

        You are probably right, I figure Charlie will sell-out for the promise of becoming a Judge, who knows, Hilburt may flip too if Jones & Company promise to back him as a candidate for Richmond City Mayor. i hooe that these two guys will man-up and tell the Mayor to kiss their a$$, guess we will just have to wait and see………

      • Troll

        You are not a voter registered in Richmond. You know not of what you speak. Why do you post here? Exercise, lose 100 lbs. Read material that will increase your brain power, not lower it. Most of all, go away.

      • manalishi

        David/Troll! your not allowed to vote at all. Or be within 500 feet if a school. But it;s good for the kids after all.

  • Bobby R.

    Mr Goldman has been proven to be a soothsayer all along-so far. Would not believe him to be incorrect now. I fear it will go down precisely as Mr. G predicts. All the more reason to bring pressure to bear on the other five councilmembers to squeeze them to the point not having the stomach to change now or at any time in the future. ‘ Hizzoner’ Jones only has two years left in his czar-dom. The citizens need to keep exerting diamonds-like making pressure on the ‘five’ not currently on board with the mayor’s stadium proposal in its present iteration. We should not( to agree with Mr G.) under estimate the Reverend. Best regards

  • me

    The Public Trust is Broken.
    Don’t trust Richmond City Council any more than I do their Mayor.
    They have continuously bent, swayed, approved, kowtowed and
    allowed this Mayor to break all the rules with PC Carte Blanche.
    Why could they change courses now? This is just another set up,
    orchestrated and contrived, trick, scheme, maneuver, ploy to
    Regroup and Take Another Whack at IT.
    This is 100% pure Party Politics, SOP/MO, of, by, for, and through
    Party, for Party and their Party Operatives.
    The Jones has already been rewarded, praised, and raised
    to the State Democratic Party Chairman.
    He seeks to publically threatened Charles Samuels’ anticipated
    judgeship rewards, if he does not subserviently tow the Party Line.
    Systematic BLAME all others because Consortium Governance
    is incapable of “developing” a Legitimate Proposal but seeks to
    “develop” solely, exclusively their “developments” for Their
    Positively(?) Richmond’ through Cheating & Corruption…that is
    NOT “investigated” under Transparent Democratic GIFTGATE(s).

      • athynz

        David/Troll – how do you know where I’m registered to vote? Perhaps old boy I AM a registered City of Richmond voter. But if not then where am I in the area David? And why are you stalking me under several screen names?

        As for me “going away” that’s not gonna happen – unless you have the cajones to meet me face to face and say this all to me in person. But you lack the testicular fortitude to do so as you are nothing more than a cowardly stalker troll.

    • Troll

      You forget that you are stupid and vain. You have left a large digital footprint. Your miserable useless life is an open book.
      Hardly fear anything from a fat donut boy like you. You couldn’t beat my shadow princess.
      Meet you? I have met you. You are disgusting. You won’t go away, but people will know what a phony POS you are. You are in good company with manalishi.

  • reeltime

    I think the Mayor will drop an 11th hour tonight and pull his proposal so the public doesn’t see his embarassment. He has played the 11th hour all along. If he was a real leader and was dealing with this much taxpayer money he would push for a referrendum, but then again he doesn’t want that embarassment either. Would not look good for his position as Chair of the DPV or his future political aspirations.

  • me

    Felt like watching was an entrapment set up for Richmond City
    Council’s stunning Endorsements, Accolades, and Propaganda
    Pitches for Their Mayor and Themselves; some with customary
    Stand Down, Regroup, Reorganize, Ready-Set-Blanket Automatic
    Approval, Again, After All; Despite All.
    The Party Rewarded Virginia Democratic Chair is now threatening
    the Charles Samuels’ rewarded Judgeship, and all cowering now
    and again and always to absolute, required Party complete
    servitude for Party Advancement, Rewards and Benefits Program.

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