It sometimes amazes me and others how a chance to leave office with grace and dignity often turns into a sad commentary.
To run for re-election is a decision that is made by the candidate and the leaving of office is then a matter of decision by the candidate. Once one decides to not seek re-election the leaving is left without animosity.
However, when leaving office is a matter of not winning re-election and suffering a loss the defeated candidate has a decision to make. That candidate can leave with dignity and grace or leave leaving a bad taste in the mouth of the populace.
We have seen this sourness play out this year with several national figures and sadly we now see it play out with one of our local figures.
John Cole lost. In fact he as well as sitting council member Joel Klink both lost to an upstart citizen named Cora Heiser. The ramifications of that selection of Cora are yet to be seen. But what is not left to be seen is the incredible hubris of John Cole.
John Cole wrote a letter to the editor of The Desert Trail. It started off as a great letter of an elected official that has been defeated. Yet it did not take long for John Cole to verbalize his distaste of this forum and by doing so the victory of Cora Heiser.
John Cole states “Don’t let local squabbles distract from the pursuit of the greatest good for the greatest number with the available resources.”
What squabbles does John Cole refer to? Could it be that he is leaving after assisting in placing our city into 30 million dollars of debt for Project Phoenix and was faced with opposition to his support of same? Could it be that he is leaving after having failed to step up to the plate and address public safety in the face of our fire department being eliminated and fire service levels reduced by fifty percent and also facing public resistance to his doing nothing to solve the problem?
That is the way of things it seems.
John Cole had four years to do something, to bring a new idea to the table, and he did nothing other than place the city into debt and now to face a public safety issue of immense proportions that he could have addressed over a year ago.
Good bye John Cole. You had a chance to leave with dignity but decided to reap the wrath by blaming “squabbles” for your defeat at the polls.