I strolled into today’s Cedarbook Block Association meeting about Muhlenberg at 7:35, thinking that I could prop up two cameras relatively close to the action, set up my microphone a few feet from those talking, and just hang out. You can imagine my surprise when I arrived and saw a much smaller, narrower room than I imagined packed with people, forcing me to sit in the back.
The unforeseen didn’t end there. We learned that Charles McRae, not Roni Taylor, will be Rebeccca Williams’ running mate from the Third Ward.
My surprise didn’t compare to that of McRae’s future opposing candidate, Gloria Taylor. By the time Mr. McRae spoke, Gloria Taylor had already delivered a speech about Plainfield and working together with only relatively mild electoral undertones – making it pretty clear that she intended to run for the seat she now holds and expressing disagreement with the Mayor on residency waivers. McRae’s speech was somewhat more direct – watch it below. The unexpected political announcement at a seemingly non-partisan event prompted Mrs. Taylor to tell those in the crowd that she’d been “snuck”.
Considering the crowded, back of the room circumstances, this video will have to do.