Category Archives: Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill

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.”


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Audio clip: Pam Brightbill on COAH

During the Middletown public session on June 16, Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill made comments regarding Bill A500 and its possible passage in the New Jersey State Senate.

The bill, which would abolish the use of Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs), passed in the state Assembly on Monday.

Brightbill spoke about the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) and the impact this bill would have on Middletown.

Her comments were, in my opinion, basic – to say the least. Additional comments forthcoming.

To listen to the audio clip, click on the headline.

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No candy here: Pam Brightbill gave out devil horns during the Memorial Day parade

It’s really a shame Middletown has to suffer through elected officials such as Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill.

I was covering the Memorial Day parade today – probably the township’s 50th or so – when I noticed I was actually being waved to Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger.

Side note: Thanks Ger, I really appreciated that. You didn’t make me feel as much like an outcasted, syphilitic leper as you normally do. Then again, maybe I was dreaming and you were waving to someone behind me.

Back to my wonderful experience with Pam . . .

So all of a sudden there they were, Middletown’s finest, right in front of me. The parade procession had stopped and depositied two smiling faces directly within the scope of my lens.

I said hello and asked if they would pose for a picture.

Scharfenberger didn’t answer, being that Brightbill usually takes the liberty. She looked at me and said something along the lines of, “No.” She had that attractive scowl on her face that only Pamela Brightbill can contort through facial expression.

I snapped a few pictures anyway, as she quickly turned away.

As they began walking down the road, a man following them in the procession said, “Pam, why don’t you two pose for a picture?”

Keep in mind these events took place over the course of a few seconds.

She looked over her shoulder at him and gave another one of those prolonged scowls and said some sarcastic remark I didn’t quite pick up. I can only imagine it had something to do with me.

The man said, “What, is she a democrat?” [Gee, I didn’t know Middletown Republicans were known for their dislike of Democrats.]

At that point, Brightbill – still with scowl, now hinted with a sarcastic smile I’m sure she thought was clever and cunning – looked at him, said something along the lines of, “No, she’s with The Courier,” and proceeded to put her finger to her head and make the gesture commonly associated with devil horns.

Pamela Brightbill referred to me as the

Now I’m pretty sure Pam didn’t think I was still watching. Guess what? I was.

Middletown should be exceptionally embarrassed

An elected official should never, ever make gestures like that of any kind, even if actions were to merit it. Mine did not. I have never deserved to be referred to as “the devil” in my dealings with Middletown elected officials.

I am always respectful and mindful of the difficult plight they face in the township. I have never been anything but pleasant and polite in my passings with Deputy Mayor Brightbill, in particular. In fact, if I recall, it was me who took the liberty to introduce myself to her at a meeting (not a township meeting). She was kind of busy though, being overtly polite to James Hogan, even taking a flyer from him that demonizes Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.

For her to assume all reporters from The Courier to be Satan-like is quite a statement. I’m also pretty sure she didn’t always think that of J.J. Sullivan III, former Courier Staff Writer.

I would venture to say Pam thinks all Middletown Democrats – maybe even all Democrats on the face of the earth – to be the devil’s bedfellow.

Pam, here’s the thing: With elections coming up soon, perhaps you should take a course in public relations. You’re the one up for reelection, not me. I’m sure the taxpayers wouldn’t appreciate such a gesture, and neither did I.

Let it be duly noted that I have reported the event as it happened. Some might see my description of Brightbill’s actions to be a bit elaborate. Republican or not, it was uncalled for and entirely rude and disrespectful in its intent.

Unless you were there – and you probably weren’t – take my word for it. Pamela Brightbill just made her bed for the next couple of months, and it doesn’t look pretty.

PHOTO: I caught Pam with the finger en-route to make the devil-horn gesture at Middletown’s Memorial Day Parade today. (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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Brightbill comments on Courier’s FEMA series: "Shocked and amazed"

Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill commented on my FEMA “Flood Map Fallout” series at the April 21 Middletown Committee Meeting.

To summarize, her comments relayed feelings of “shock” and “amazement” that any newspaper would want partisan comments on a local level where the Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) are concerned.

Courier Publisher Jim Purcell blogged about it.

I don’t feel the need to say much else at this time other than look for Part 2 in The Courier this Thursday.

I got Republican comments, don’t you worry. People don’t realize it, but ears are always open and someone is always listening.

PHOTO: BEACHED Need I say more? (Melissa L. Gaffney)

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