2001-06-30 / Editorial/Opinion

Time to Tell His Story

Time to Tell His Story

It has now been several weeks since the allegations against City Councilman Al Stabile have surfaced and grown. In all that time, Stabile has not been seen in public nor has he issued a public statement, although his lawyer, Scott Baron has made a few on his behalf. Both Baron and Stabile have assiduously played tag with the press, refusing to come to the phone or to return repeated calls. This is no way for a public elected official to act.

There is no doubt in our mind that the charges against Stabile are politically based. They came to light, we believe, because Stabile refused to back Joanne Ariola for his open city council seat and chose to back Alex Lutz instead. That, however, does not mean that they are not substantially true.

If they are not true, then Stabile should be on the ramparts, altering his constituents that he is indeed a victim of a political lynching. It is not enough for his lawyer to call for a special prosecutor and to speak for him without providing proof that the charges are indeed false. If the allegations are true, then Stabile should be out in front, apologizing to his constituents, explaining how his campaign funds wound up paying for his daughter’s wedding and what he was trying to do with a piece of city land that was not his to utilize in any way he saw fit. Stabile might just be right. This might, indeed, be a political lynching by a woman politically scorned. On the other hand, it might not be. Only Stabile knows, and until he speaks, we are all really in the dark.

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