WHY IS JOHN MANLEY RUNNING FOR THE CITY COUNCIL?
Many people in Rocky Mount, especially the residents of Ward 1, want to know why John Manley is running for the City Council’s Ward 1 seat currently held by Andre’ Knight. Why has Manley not told the residents of Ward 1 what he would do better than Councilman Knight or what ideas he would bring forth to the council to improve the quality of life in the ward and citywide? Why does Manley continue to use a picture of him in his police uniform on campaign flyers and in commercials when he has retired from the police force? Is his intent to deceive by falsely representing himself? What does this really say about the man?
The Rocky Mount Telegram reported a few days after the City Manager, Charles Penny, announced his selection to replace retired Police Chief Manley, that Manley stated he was “disappointed” that Penny did not select Capt. McCoy. Shortly thereafter Manley reportedly began telling people that he “wanted to be Penny’s boss.” How could he possibly realize this desire? The answer is simple, run for Mayor or the City Council’s Ward 1 seat. Remember, Mr. Penny, as the former Assistant City Manager, was in fact Manley’s immediate supervisor, “his boss.” If this is true, this is certainly not an impressive or productive way to represent “the people.” Obviously Manley has overlooked the fact that he would only be one of seven council members who “manage” the city manager. Why didn’t Manley run for Mayor? It is rumored that the same people, who have tried to upset the present council majority since its inception would not back him for Mayor but are backing him for a seat on the council. In other words, his “backers” feel he is “ripe for picking” and can be used to promote their agenda even if he is Black.
The people in Ward 1 and citywide were alarmed, disgusted and surprised to learn that Manley would actually challenge Andre when he is doing such a great and effective job. Many senior residents question whether or not Manley knows or cares about what people really think about him. In a fundraising letter Manley sent out dated January 25, 2012, he stated, “I am sure that you understand the virtues that I stand upon” This statement received a negative reply, “how can we forget,” from many who read it. Manley also continues to make cryptic remarks like “I know how to talk to people,” “I know the right people to talk to” and “I will not call anyone a racist.” He has yet to state the who, how and why of it all. In his profile that appeared in the Rocky Mount Telegram on Friday, Manley stated that he would not have supported spending money on fighting the Duke-Progress Energy merger. This indicates that he is either ignorant of the facts or he does not care about trying to lower consumer utility rates. I understand that Manley has also made a commercial implying that he, in someway, has been instrumental in getting things moving at the Crossing at 64 development. This could not be further from the truth. Is this the kind of person the residents of Ward 1 want to represent them? Can the residents of Ward 1 afford to elect a person who stretches the truth, misrepresents the facts and tells them nothing about how he would like to improve their quality of life?
Manley must be denied an opportunity to satisfy his wish, if this is the case, to “get even” with the City Manager, Charles Penny. He must be denied an opportunity to use the residents of Ward 1 to promote the agenda of his “backers,” if this be the case. To the residents of Ward 1 I say, do not vote blindly, do not be deceived by “the uniform.” Vote for the person who works for you each and every day. Vote for the person who is not afraid to stand up for justice and equality. Cast your vote for Andre Knight on Election Day, May 8.
– A Concerned Citizen –