I recall the quick animosity that developed and that we all saw very soon after David Madore was sworn in, along with Tom Mielke after the 2012 elections. We saw how for many years, Mielke was the lone voice of conservatism on the County Commission, often sidelined by the votes of Democrat Steve Stuart and Marc Boldt, allegedly a Republican.
We all grew tired of the one-sided votes and after funding candidates previously that didn’t win, Madore ran himself in the 2012 election and won.
That relegated Stuart to the lone Liberal on the County Commission and as expected that did not set well with him after so many years of calling the shots.
In announcing he wasn’t going to seek reelection in 2014 as he announced his resignation, landing an even better paying job as City manager of Ridgefield, Stuart claimed, “There is no longer room for facts, figures, input, and information, if they don’t support the ideological aims of the [board] majority.”
He also arrogantly claimed, “I realized that the most important work I could do is shine a bright light on the decisions being made by the Board. To point out inconsistencies in logic, and correct false facts when they were offered. Why is that so important? Because I’m the only one who can do it. Staff are concerned about their jobs or simply give up on continuously correcting Commissioners, and constituents don’t know all that is going on behind the scenes or have experience enough to know if facts are facts.” (Emphasis added)
Obviously, not controlling the County Commission any longer did not set well with Stuart and many of us felt his antics at not being able to see that voters chose to move away from his control were rather juvenile and unbecoming, expressed Here and Here.
Fast forward to 2016 and it now appears that after alienating many former supporters and an unprecedented number of negative media attacks by the biased daily Democrat Party mouthpiece, the Lazy C, adoption of a Home Rule Charter that radically changed the system of Governance in the County, the shoe is not on the other foot as David Madore now finds himself sitting in a minority and giving off all appearance that he too cannot handle losing the control he exerted over the Council (name changed due to the Charter).
Admittedly, while I expected Marc Boldt to seek revenge as he had, I did not see it coming that Jeanne Stewart and Julie Olson, both of whom I have supported and voted for, would join in with Boldt, following his every lead.
Be that as it may, they form a majority on the now 5 member County Council and have spent much of the first days of the new 5 member Council voting to rescind much of whatever Madore pushed through, promising to revisit each soon.
Needless to say, Madore isn’t taking this very well.
Unable to “play his cards close to his chest,” as I recommended he do long ago and stop handing detractors all of the ammo needed to present against him, we are seeing similar juvenile antics from him on his facebook “newspaper” page.
Numerous facebook references are now seen like “It is so sad to see the dysfunction and open hostility of the new liberal majority on our county council,” “It has become clear that Clark County citizens no longer have a representative form of government,” “In so many ways, the new liberal majority on the council, working as representatives of the staff instead of representatives of the citizen, are in full reverse mode” and “The 3 tax & spend liberals to spend $100,000 on more insanity – again.”
These quotes are but a few that can be seen on his facebook “newspaper” page.
Just as happened with Steve Stuart, Madore now seems to throwing nearly a daily tantrum of sorts. And like with Stuart, seems unable to comprehend that he lost the last election, the voters choosing a new direction.
Of course in that regard, he absolves himself of blame and affixes it elsewhere, this blogger included since I stayed out of the campaigns in 2015 due to smears and attacks from leaders of the Clark County GOP in 2014 and what seemed to me to be several campaigns shying away from my support in the elections that year.
More will be posted concerning this message in the future as I realize it was sent to at least one other, possibly more and was copied directly to me by Madore himself. Suffice it to say, Madore’s memory of events outlined deeper in the message are seriously flawed.
I will also say that even though I opposed and beat up on Steve Stuart numerous times over the years, not once did he ever copy a massage he sent to others to me laying blame for any of it at my feet. Nor did I ever see him publicly speak against me as did Madore.
We all had high expectations of David Madore and many still feel he was correct on everything he tried and did. Even I do not oppose his policy efforts, although his bull in a china shop approach often presented flawed documents lacking in forethought.
Madore has shown he is unwilling to collaborate with others and just as Stuart did, he shows he is unable to handle not being in control and calling all of the shots.
This is not his business where he rules supreme, but a government body supposedly governing over a diverse citizenry with varying views and values.
As much as we on the right did not like our views constantly ignored by Steve Stuart, those on the left have not liked their views cast aside either and as we see all over the country, there seems to be no middle ground any longer.
But lashing out at others and blaming them for your shortcomings is not leadership nor is it becoming, Councilor Madore.
It is actually childish.
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