The LuLac Edition #407, Jan. 29th, 2008
PHOTO INDEX: A FEW WEEKS AGO, NATIONAL BLOGGERS WANTED A LOOK AT THE WORKSPACES OF VARIOUS WRITERS. A LITTLE LATE, BUT HERE'S MINE, AND CAN THERE BE A LOCAL VERSION OF "ED, EDD AND EDDIE" AGAIN?
The recent news that former Commissioner Edd Brominski has thrown his hat into the Controller’s sweepstakes is good for some, not so good for others. Edd Brominski who was chosen as the young counterpart to Frank Crossin, Senior's revolt against the Democratic party in 1979, is hankering to get back on the scene. For a report on Crossin and Bromo's historic election, see LuLac Edition # 297, here’s the link:
Bromo became one of the most polarizing figures in Luzerne County politics. It only took him four years to accomplish that. Brominski was the fair haired boy running with the older Crossin. Both were former athletes and promised to change Luzerne County Politics and Government. They succeeded in the first area but failed in the second due to Crossin’s untimely death in January of 1981. Former party regulars who were employed by the County, but fired by the new regime filed a lawsuit against the new regime. After Crossin’s death, Brominski had to pick up the pieces. The lawsuit, which was won by the workers also split the party. There were still many Ed Wideman Democrats (the man who the team of Crossin & Brominski defeated in ’79) who were more than happy to divide the party. Plus, a large Human Services scandal rocked the county giving the impression that the hand of the government was just not that steady. When you added that up, by 1983 the County was ripe for the picking by the GOP.
Minority Commissioner Frank Trinisewski, Junior teamed with businessman Jim Phillips and ran a grassroots effort to retake the county. With the Democratic party divided by the death of Crossin, Senior, Frank Crossin, Junior’s development as a Commissioner (he was thrust into the job at a young age) and the coalition of so called “Trinicrats”, (a type of political force cultivated by Trinisewski for years,) the GOP had a fighting chance. During that spirited campaign, Brominski tried to tell voters that the work of the Crossin-Brominski team was not finished. But with the elder Crossin gone, it was a tough sales pitch. The “Trinis” were outnumbering the “Eddies” On Election night 1983, for the first time since 1963, the County Courthouse was in Republican control. Frank Crossin, Junior breezed to a new term reminding people of a younger version of his late father with Brominski finishing last.
Crossin, Junior continued on as Minority Commissioner until Trinisewski himself changed parties and formed a majority with him. Brominski headed off into the sunset until being appointed as Head of the Assessors Office. In 1999, he ran against the man who appointed him, Atty. Tom Makowski and lost his bid to become Commissioner again. Brominski was fired shortly thereafter. He was elected to the Luzerne County Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and has been active on the political scene but flying below the radar. Whether Brominski is appointed to the Controller’s job is open to question but one thing is not in doubt, if Governor Ed appoints our Edd, things will be spinning like a whirling dervish under the dome. Calm just never suited Edd Brominski. And his loyal band of "Eddies" a core of support that propelled him to the Mayor's office in Swoyersville and elected him to the Commissioner's office, will be ready to support him in his new endeavor.
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