Manhattan Club Politics Explained?

Apparently, the venerable old McManus Democratic Association has an internal election process in place that’s so confusing even its members and officers can’t fully understand it.

Below, in reponse to a distressed message about an apparent coup from incumbent club president Carlos Manzano, is a clarification (of sorts) from district leader and club stalwart James McManus:

Dear ###:

I am writing to clear the air and stop the messages, blogs and telephone calls concerning the Presidency of our McManus Midtown Democratic Association.

First, let me assure you that Carlos Manzano continues as President of this organization and will remain so until he, and only he, decides that his mounting outside interests conflicts with the demands of his presidency. After serving as our President for 16 years and introducing so many Club reforms, in addition to assisting a countless number of Club members with varied problems, for him to make that decision to stay or not to stay, is the least that we owe him for his years of exemplary and unselfish service.

Now let me try and explain what caused all this commotion over Carlos’ supposedly forced retirement as our President. You will recall Carlos has very recently expressed his intent to leave the Presidency sometime during 2007. Well, at our annual Christmas-Holiday party last Monday evening, it was announced, erroneously, that a new President, Michael Spillane, was elected to fill the post. The speaker was mistaken and should have indicated that Michael was elected but would stand at the ready until Carlos decided, if and when, it was time to move on. Unfortunately, Carlos received word that he was Claudius-ized before I could get to him and resulted in his much published email. That’s all folks. I am deeply sorry for the confusion.

In closing, Denise, Carlos and I wish you, one an all, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.


James R. McManus

District Leader

McManus Democratic Association

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