Ward 4 Councillor Sam Merulla issued a strongly-worded tweet announcing that he is “de-funding” both the Hamilton Spectator and the NDP. The councillor who announced he is not intending to run again, has apparently decided to take the gloves off in disagreeing with tone of political discourse in Hamilton over policing and other issues.
Merulla was an influential backroom Liberal before he ran for council, serving as an area Vice President for the party and as a campaign organizer for the late Liberal MPP Domenic Agostino. He fell out with the Liberals over the decision by the party to sole-source the nomination in Hamilton Centre to Ralph Agostino after his brother’s death. Merulla had favoured Ward Three Councillor Bernie Morelli for the job. Merulla moved to the NDP where he stayed for several years. He narrowly lost the Hamilton East Stoney Creek Liberal nomination to Paul Miller in 2007. The first sense of Merulla moving away from the NDP came in 2018, when he was wooed by the Liberals, and again in 2019 when the Federal Liberals expressed an interest in his candidacy.