Category Archives: Committeeman Patrick Short

I’ll ‘save you this little spot,’ Pam

In Part Two of “Brightbill digs a hole,” Middletown’s deputy mayor continues her comment during the committee’s workshop session on June 30, this time elaborating on her participation in the township newsletter, Middletown Matters.

Brightbill says she doesn’t believe there is a “conspiracy” to keep certain members out of the newsletter, that it is open to any member.

The newsletter was a hot topic during the meeting, as Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger assumed the 2008 municipal budget’s adoption in his “message” before it was even voted on.

Committeeman Patrick Short addresses the Middletown Youth Job Fair’s coverage in the newsletter during this clip, and why only Brightbill’s picture is in there when, in fact, both she and Short attended the event.

“I don’t even remember my picture being taken,” she says.

I wonder how many of those instances exist in her world.

Watch the video. I recommend viewing Part One (previous post) first.


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Brightbill attacks Short and digs a hole, all in four minutes

I would suggest turning up the volume on this one.

The Middletown Township Committee’s Workshop Session was . . . well documented, to say the least.

Probably one of my favorite clips of any meeting comes to us tonight during the Township Committee’s comment session.

Rather than make an actual comment, Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill decided to interrogate Committeeman Patrick Short, who had excellent responses, in my opinion, to what Brightbill probably threw out there as a red herring – a tactic to distract from any actual issue she might meagerly attempt to address.

The deputy mayor did something “stupid,” in my opinion: She asked a question rather than make a comment. This entire discussion began by her questioning Short if he “discounted” any responses he had received regarding what Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger deemed the “Infamous 39,” some things Short and Committeeman Sean Byrnes addressed regarding the 2008 municipal budget.

The budget, by the way, was adopted by a vote of 3-2.

Although a bit lengthier than most of my videos, Brightbill says a few things I think any viewer should take note of:

1 – I’m still not quite sure what a “charge back” is (around 2:20). Whatever.

2 – Please note how the deputy mayor sometimes glances in this direction; also, how she can’t even defend her own point all that well. There is no rebuttal, only babble.

3 – Apparently, Brightbill “knows” how other committee members are going to vote in advance (3:03, a very notable portion of the video). She said she “knew” Short and Byrnes were going to vote “no” for the budget, and that he and Byrnes knew how she and Mayor were going to vote for the “other resolution.” I’m pretty sure Pam unknowingly admitted that the Township Committee – thus, the township – is governed by a political majority (GOP), not by what’s best for the people.

4 – Around 4 minutes in, Scharfenberger looks rather . . . impatient? Perhaps embarrassed? Maybe just upset. He certainly begins moving around a lot.

5 – My favorite part: Brightbill admits that Scharfenberger assuming the adoption of the 2008 budget in the latest issue of Middletown Matters was a “mistake” and should not have happened.

Enjoy, Middletown. Here’s one of your candidates for Township Committee at her finest.

The following video is “Part One: Brightbill digs a hole.”


Filed under Committeeman Patrick Short, Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill, Middletown, Middletown Township Committee