By Tommy DeSeno
This column will mention Asbury Park Deputy Mayor Amy Quinn as well as her friends. Nothing is their fault. There’s just no way to tell the story without them.
This past August, Asbury Park started allowing motorized scooters here. Deputy Mayor Quinn led the effort.
Quinn, the darling of local Democrats, selected a company called Spin for the scooters. Spin appears to be an eco-friendly San Francisco start-up that fits well with Asbury’s woke progressives who hate oil companies and long for Congresswoman AOC’s Green New Delusion. The reality? Spin is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ford Motor Company. Big Industry. Big oil. The transportation equivalent of a Red Lobster on the Boardwalk.
Amy Quinn really, really wants her pet project to do well. Apparently, so does the Asbury Park Press.
The Asbury Park Press has done a series of articles on these scooters, all filled with “man on the street” interviews of people giving glowing reviews. What did the Press leave out? Everyone interviewed was a card-carrying member of the Amy Quinn Fan Club. Let me introduce you to them.
-One is a City employee.
-One is Amy’s next-door neighbor and zoning board appointee.
-One is the Chair of the Asbury Park Democrat Party.
-One is the Chair of the Asbury Park Young Democrats, partner in an entity with Quinn, who considers Quinn her mentor. She probably rides her scooter past Quinn’s house more times in a day than Ducky Dale rode his bike past Molly Ringwald’s house in Pretty in Pink.
All of them appear in more social media pictures with Amy Quinn than Donald Trump has pictures with adult film stars.
There was one other person mentioned I can’t connect to Quinn. He said he really liked the scooters. He had just been given a primer on how to ride them – by Asbury Park’s transportation manager – at City Hall – with the Press watching. But that wasn’t a set up for the Press at all. Pure coincidence.
Someone from the Press please tell me if it’s fair reporting to have Amy Quinn’s pet project judged by every Amy Quinn sycophant in the world? That’s not her fault nor the fault of her friends. The beneficiary of good press is no more responsible than the victim of bad press.
I don’t mean to be too tough on the Asbury Park Press here. Oh, who am I kidding. Yes, I do. Either the reporter knew all these people were connected to Quinn, or if he didn’t know, they need to assign someone to Asbury Park who knows the political players when he sees them.
The truth is these scooters are more hated than Lebron James in Hong Kong. A quick review of social media unconnected to Amy Quinn shows people are complaining about them; one person complaining that they are like giving a loaded gun to a monkey.
People don’t know the rules of the road and where to ride them. Pedestrians are being run down by them on the sidewalks and in the streets. They are being left all over and creating tripping hazards.
The wheels of these mayhem makers were not designed for uneven surfaces. Speaking of uneven surfaces, have you seen Asbury Park’s streets? They should have done a pot-hole survey and filled in the craters before launching but failed to do that.
Other places that tried this dumped the program. They might be Ok in a place where the goal is to get to work, but in Asbury, with 40 places to drink and get stoned within a half-mile, drunks are using them as an amusement ride. Let’s face it – Asbury is becoming filled with people who think they moved to an “urban” place. It’s a suburb. It’s small enough to walk around without a terror-cycle.
The Asbury Park Press could have easily contacted police HQ and found out about all the people that are breaking bones or getting more road rash than Evel Knieval at Caesar’s Palace.
If this many people were getting hurt on an amusement ride, Asbury Park would shut it down. Until they crash Satan’s Scooter program, I’ll just keep praying to St. Christopher, patron saint of travel, that no one gets killed.
Tommy De Seno is a lawyer, political writer, and currently resides in the Smithsonian as the last conservative from Asbury Park. If you get hurt on a motorized scooter in Asbury Park, contact Tommy here: