Meet the new David Reddick.
His gloves are off. His second term as Anniston’s Ward 2 councilman won’t resemble his first, he says.
He’s emboldened by Ben Little’s narrow Election Day victory in Ward 3. He’s long complained that Mayor Vaughn Stewart and his fellow council members have ostracized him. Little’s return (pending Councilman Seyram Selase’s challenge of the voting results), Reddick’s theory goes, changes that paradigm.
Monday night, Anniston caught its first glimpse of the new David Reddick.
The city could have made $660,000 by refinancing bonds on the construction of the Justin Sollohub Justice Center. A slam-dunk decision. The council, in fact, had previously voted to allow City Manager Brian Johnson to handle the refinancing.
Reddick, however, voted no on the deal. His reason: he didn’t like how the city had renegotiated those bonds.
“It’s going to be a new day,” Reddick said afterward to Councilman Jay Jenkins. “I’m not going to be by myself anymore. Y’all shut me out for four years. It’s going to be a new day in this city.”
In the last few months, the new David Reddick has joined forces with the divisive Little, lobbed unfounded criticisms at fellow council members, and voted against a measure whose failure may cost Anniston more than half-a-million dollars.
The new David Reddick is sounding more and more like Little himself — a councilman whose interest in the greater good ranks far below his need to score political points and appear tough on the dais.
Reddick’s “new day in this city,” if this is Anniston’s destiny, is nothing to cheer.