Mayor Bramson and his fellow Democratic council members, deliberately and arrogantly excluded the Republican councilmen from an open discussion to appoint a new city clerk. The Democrats met privately, possibly in violation of the open meetings law, chose a candidate, and presented a take-it-or-leave-it candidate to the Republican council members. The fact that the Republicans were intentionally denied an opportunity to participate was in direct contradiction to Bramson’s inaugural pledge of bipartisanship and transparent government. Bramson deals from a position of power when in the majority, yet flounders when he is solely accountable. I refer to the pending city judge appointment. Anticipating Judge Sherr’s retirement, Bramson has assembled a committee with minimal opposition party representation to make a recommendation and to avoid criticism. He has neither the courage nor the political savoir-faire to make crucial decisions based on merit without a safeguard. This is very evident in his failure to conduct his bi-weekly radio show without a co-host. Isn’t it time for Bramson to see if he can cut it on his own.