Mayor Gallo announced that he is bringing administrative charges against Steve Noble for incompetence, dereliction of duty, and for making false statements on grant applications. In other words, Gallo is starting the process to fire Noble.
Let's be clear, if Noble wins the Mayor's office, he will just discontinue the efforts to fire him and then be granted back pay. Gallo knows this. Thus, I have to conclude that this is more of an effort to bring down Noble politically than it is an effort to actually fire him.
By doing it this way, Gallo does not endorse anyone in the race, but works to keep the damaging allegations against Noble in front of the public.
I expect that Noble will still not answer the charges. After all, they are absolutely true. I have seen the evidence. Instead, he will respond in a Clintonian manner. He will deny wrong doing, claim political retribution by his accuser, claim it is "old news", etc., etc., etc.
The only question now is whether Ron Polacco can get enough votes on Rep, Con, and Ind lines and Gallo's supporters either stay home, write in Gallo, or vote Polacco in enough numbers to give Polacco a narrow win.
Polacco has one other thing for which he must be careful. He must NOT associate with any of the underhanded political operatives who either will or already have offered their assistance. While the Conservative City Committee is backing Polacco's candidacy, this would change if he decided to associate his campaign with someone like Blaber. If that happened, the Conservative Committee would come out against Ron immediately and publicly.
However, I am confident that Ron is politically savvy enough not do something that colossally stupid. As such, I expect the Conservative Committee will maintain its support for Ron. Now, let's see if he can pull it off. He has a real chance, i.e no incumbent, a split democrat party, allegations against his opponent, etc. It is a real opportunity.