Thursday, January 17, 2008

The further adventures of Jim Matthews and Joe Hoeffel

Another day, another new development on the continuing saga of Montgomery County's political Odd Couple, Jim Matthews and Joe Hoeffel.

Matthews, aka King James the First, has handed more power to Democrat Hoeffel. (The move came a day after Matthews was bounced off the Montgomery County Republican Party Executive Committee as punishment for sharing power with Hoeffel.)

Matthews, chairman of the Montgomery County Board of Commissioners, is giving up his seat on the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission to Hoeffel, the lone Democrat on the three-member county board.

Hoeffel's backup on the regional planning commission is the new county Deputy Chief Operating Officer James W. Maza, a Democrat hired by Hoeffel with the support of Matthews.

Reporter Margaret Gibbons has the full story in today's edition of The Times Herald.

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