Promoted by Rosi
It’s December – correct? Peace and goodwill is supposed to reign the day. Apparently not so in politics. Last week at an agenda meeting, I had to call out a councilman (John Cesaro) for his ideological grandstanding against COAH as “Social Engineering at its finest” in the midst of a discussion about granting a veterans organization trust fund money to establish a group home for vets. His response? …I’m merely being political – and it’s obvious I’m kicking off my 2013 run.
It’s kind of a disturbing scenario to observe elected officials developing a complex whereby they feel entitled to a level of status beyond reproach. Every critic is merely a “political” enemy.
Shortly after his retort it dawned on me how to draw clear definitions between the need to criticize in the face of being accused of political opportunism, the entire meaning of running for office, the role of political civility in light of incumbent “status” and reputation, and bundling it all up in the context of a Christmas wish. This was my response last Tuesday. Hope it hits the mark…
George Will once said “Some people run for office to be somebody – while others run for office to do something.”
I’ve always considered myself one of the latter despite what some people think. And given that Mr. Cesaro has offhandedly drafted me for the Council Race in 2013, I want to be clear on exactly why I run for office. So I’m going to propose an interesting challenge to prove that.
So here’s the deal – I will not run for municipal office in 2013 provided the following…