Political candidates wanted: ambition and ego required; integrity optional. John “Pepper” Papparelli hangs his consulting shingle in the city of Grand River and finds himself inundated by his clients’ indiscretions, crimes and just plain stupidity as he guides three campaigns towards Election Day.
“All Politics is Local” follows Pepper in his foray into public affairs. If he wins, he opens the door to bigger and more lucrative campaigns. The wisecracking, low-key Pepper clashes with a cast of egocentric office seekers and their flunkies during the aptly named “silly season.” He survives, succeeds and is poised to achieve his goals, only to face a new dilemma that forces him to weigh his ambitions against his personal ethics.
Pepper’s candidates think big, but their actions show why they remain small-time:
Bumbling Bob George wants to be mayor, but his laughable judgment, penchant for malaprops (That’s the last Sebastian!) and a committee of wanna-be politicos consistently frustrate his intentions.
Council hopeful Val Lopez is secretive and controlling. With his deep-pocketed associates he disregards campaign ethics to wage war against his opponent.
Richard Reimer has AIDS. He faces a death sentence and decides to unburden his soul by doing something unheard of in politics – reveal the truth – about himself and his corrupt opponents in the election.
Pepper also becomes involved with two women, the apolitical Sharon O’Malley and the mysterious Rachel Wellington. While he educates them about the inner workings of politics, they help him learn more about himself.
This isn't a hook, it's a list of characters.
And why would anyone read this. We have the New York Times for all the hilarity about politicos we need.