Corchado, unfortunately, continues to be seen by the Pinto Five — Ryan, Sargent, Prevey, Sosnowski and Siegel — as some sort of surrogate for Mayor Kim Driscoll. The view here is that Corchado was a skilled, responsive councilor capable of independent thought; there’s no reason to think that has changed. She has also made it clear she is interested only in filling out the remainder of Lovely’s term.
Based on Thursday’s circus, it’s difficult to see a road to compromise unless someone changes their mind, or if someone manages to forge a new path to a resolution. Salem voters have every reason to be skeptical that will happen tomorrow night.
We expected to see a drop-off in leadership with Lovely’s departure from the council. We didn’t expect a chasm.