Clark County saw its first full five member council mandated by the home rule charter to replace the three member county commission last evening and as I suspected, it has nothing to do with “Good Governance” or making anything in the county better.
No, it is as I predicted, all about slapping down councilors Madore and Mielke, both of whom are up for reelection later this year.
Shortly before Christmas, they rushed through eight resolutions that even the Lazy C all but admitted were meaningless, carrying no actual weight and as one commenter said, “a complete waste of time” to pass.
I don’t disagree that the resolutions were silly or a waste of time as they all amounted to little more than recommendations, suggestions from the old council to the new of preferred goals. They are not binding nor do they carry any bearing or set policy to be followed.
So as big of a waste of time as it was to pass them, what was the urgency to make rescinding them the first order of business for the incoming five member council?
It was all about hatred of Madore & Mielke and slapping them down as encouraged by the Lazy C for some time now with their onslaught of negative articles, editorials and posts by writers in their employ.
Let it be said now that I lost all support I previously had for Madore long ago, after he stole from me and stabbed me in the back. But that is personal.
Like other elected officials, he and Mielke are entitled to some respect as duly elected officials, whether any agree with their measures.
I have long disagreed with the likes of Jim Moeller, Tim Leavitt, Jaime Herrera Beutler and more, but still realize they are who we have in office to deal with.
Madore & Mielke have not received that as efforts to undermine their every act were present in the local media, the Lazy C and even a group established when it was realized they could not be recalled, jokingly calling themselves “Clark County Citizens for Good Governance” (C3G2 for short).
As seen last evening, it has nothing to do with any notion of “Good Governance” but slapping down Madore & Mielke and undoing the 2012 election where they were Madore was elected and Mielke was reelected.
Marc Boldt, defeated back then by Madore in a wide margin, had the opportunity last evening as newly elected chair to rise above the fray and put real issues of importance and county business before the council and show he was willing to lead from the center.
He blew it as he showed he was seeking revenge in making the very first meeting only about slapping down Madore & Mielke, much to the pleasure of the Lazy C’s Katie Gillespie and members of C3G2.
No doubt ol Lefty Lou Brancaccio of the Lazy C will be beside himself in his upcoming Press Talk editorial, raising his slurs against them to a count of 94 times.
In the meantime, supporters of Madore and Mielke, seeing everything they support being cast aside and trampled on, are just as angry as the left is ecstatic.
I wholly suspect public comments will remain just as nasty, confrontational and vitriolic as they have been for some time now, but will be coming from the hotheads on the right instead of the hotheads on the left.
There is not effort to meet in the middle, collaborate or work together, only slap down the two councilors up for reelection later this year.
My biggest disappointment lies with Jeanne Stewart and Julie Olson for going along with this immediate slap down and further dividing the county.
For all of her calls over the past year of how something was divisive, Ms. Stewart somehow overlooked last evening vote was even more divisive.
I have seen comments saying “It’s morning again.”
No, it is more like it is 2012 again.
And the county is more divided than ever.
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