The Mount Vernon Primary Petition Drive Hezitorial
MOUNT VERNON, NY — April 13, 2019 — Yonkers Tribune sources in the know have advised that the former Honorable Ernest Davis, who believed he would amass voter support for a fifth 4-years-long term will be saddened by this reading. It seems Davis supporters submitted slightly over 2,500 signatures to qualify him as a contender in the June 25, 2019th Mount Democratic Primary contest for Mount Vernon Mayor. Alas the octogenarian is short of qualified signatures. Can you imagine, 20 years as Mayor of Mount Vernon, and he could not garner the required minimum of 750 legitimate signatures.
In the February 19, 2019th edition of Black Westchester Magazine, Editor A.J. Woodson wrote: “Davis thinks he is the one who has what it takes to make Mount Vernon great again!” in the article, “Ernie Davis Is Running For Mayor of Mount Vernon Again”.
Perhaps that was Davis’ game plan. juxtaposed to his hope’s and wishes, Yonkers Tribune sources advise that despite being at the helm for four, 4-years non-consecutive terms, the Hon. Mayor Davis is no longer considered worthy of consideration. Imagine, 20 years of alleged public service, and Davis could not even muster the 38 minimum valid signatures for each year of his “service” as Mayor of Mount Vernon. 38 signatures for each year he served as mayor is equal to 760 valid signatures required which he failed to garner. Readers know that this year’s election cycle, required only 750 valid signatures because the election cycle was changed so all elections would take place on the same day, saving the taxpayer the costs to run elections in different respective localities at different times of the year. In previous years, 1,000 minimum signatures were required to be placed on the petition drive in order to participate in the Mount Vernon Democratic City Committee Primary. Based on the now known failed effort by the Hon. Davis to garner the 750 valid signatures, the roster of Mount Vernon Mayoral contenders is at minimum diminished by one. Perhaps a short moment of reflection with heads bowed low or high depending on your sentiment is appropriate. For others it may seem that Mount Vernon may have at last washed Ernest Davis out of their hair, but that is another old Broadway show.
Those who followed the Kiley Group polls revealed on the Yonkers Tribune had noted that in the second poll with the lede: “Kiley Group Presents Latest Polling Results Gauging Voter Sentiment for the Next Mayor of Mount Vernon By Hezi Aris”, divulged on April 4, 2019, the Kiley Group poll of 847 Democrats was conducted between March 18th to April 2nd, 2019. The results are recognized to be plus or minus between 3 and/or 4 percent. Ernie Davis went from an initial tabulation of 3 percent to 4 percent of all those polled. But we now learn that Davis may simply need to “send in the clowns” to avoid anyone recognizing that he has more than egg on his face.
Some people may remember the 1973 Stephen Sondheim musical “A Little Night Music”. It is an adaptation of Ingmar Bergman’s film Smiles of a Summer Night. It is a ballad from Act Two, in which the character Desirée reflects on the ironies and disappointments in her love life. The Chorus “Send In The Clowns”, made famous by singer Judy Collins, refers to the old circus practice of sending the clowns into the ring to distract from a disaster. It seems that Mount Vernon’s affair with Ernie Davis is over; the singer is saying that her love life is in shambles, and to cover it up she uses the metaphor of clowns. Years ago, in the circus, if someone fell off the trapeze or tightrope, they would hurriedly send in the clowns to cover up the mess and get everyone laughing again. With respect to Hon. Ernest Davis, a second interpretation is a propos since it recognizes that there is no need to send in the clowns because they are already there. Send in the clowns is a metaphor for a mistake that has already occurred and there is no use to try to correct with any means. And so it seems that even before the Westchester County Board of Elections have spoken, Mount Vernonites recognize that it is simply too late to send in the clown, the besmirched former Mayor of Mount Vernon Ernest Davis who could never seem to make Mount Vernon Great Again. With all due respect to the Honorable Ernest Davis it is catchy phraseology. It seems to hearken to another political operative, but I can’t seem to recollect who that may be.