For a guy who opted not to seek a second term as mayor of Haddon Heights, NJ, Scott Alexander seems to be having a hard time letting go of the office.
The silver-haired marketing whiz has conferred upon himself the heretofore obscure honorific "Mayor Emeritus," and is utilizing it on his website (mayoralexander.com) and Twitter feed (@mayoralexander). His YouTube channel is called Mayor Scott Alexander, although his biographical sketch on the channel's home page uses the title Mayor Emeritus.
"He gave it to himself," says Ed Forte, who is the actual mayor of Haddon Heights. "The town did not bestow it on him."
Via email, longtime Alexander critic Susan O'Neill says the Mayor Emeritus is engaged in a "masquerade," perhaps arising from a "narcissistic need."