Turns out Robert Bowser is not only the mayor of East Orange, NJ, but also a budding poet.
East Orange council members said they recently received more than 200-pages of previously sealed testimony–in their mail boxes–detailing a long-term extramarital affair Bowser had with a city employee who has filed a discrimination suit against him. Bowser, who’s in a tough reelection fight to win the upcoming Democratic primary, admits to the affair, and to giving money from his campaign fund to his mistress’s daughter, according to the deposition.
But back to his prose, which at times oddly juxtaposes the romantic with the businesslike. Here’s are some excerpts:
“Love is in the air. Breathe it in deeply for distribution throughout the body and soul. Enjoy the day. Be in by 10 or 10:15.”
“Good morning flower. Hope your day brings new hope, new meaning to those things so close to our hearts. Folks at Planning Board said hello.”
Then there’s this gem…probably his finest work:
“Even the sea cannot produce the beauty of Ms. Hicks. If I were a fisherman I’d bait my line to hook you. You would be a prize catch, not as a trophy, but as someone for me to continue to love and adore.”
C’mon, can you do that? Try your hand at poetry, Bowser-style, in comments.