When Kevin Cole resigned a few years ago from his seat on the city council the question of how to replace him became a political football that lasted weeks.
One faction, that included most of the past council and many of those that had recently went through a continences election wanted the city to conduct a special election. Another faction believed that the choice of a replacement should be made from a field of applicants. And still another believed that to save money and time the city should go back to the last election and appoint the 4th place candidate.
We fell into the 3rd category and believed that it would be fair and equitable, and save the city 10s of thousands of dollars if the 4th place winner be appointed to fill the seat. The logic of our argument prevailed.
Jim Harris was that 4th Place finisher. He was appointed to fill Kevin Cole’s seat.
We had no idea that some 3 years later that we would have to question what we had at the time thought as good judgment.
I personally had no idea that a fellow could become so overpowered with his own self-importance. We are talking about a seat on a small town council. One vote out of 5. A position that depends on finding consensus with and maintaining comity between his fellow councilmen, and the respect and support of the citizenry at large.
I had no Idea that my advocacy for appointing Jim Harris would come back to haunt me, but it has.
Jim is a nice enough guy. But even nice guys sometimes let their own PR go to their heads. Jim seems to let his head swell up like a puffer fish, believing that his tenuous position as a City Councilman brings him some sort of elite social standing. Boy does he have a lot to learn.
His position is contingent upon him keeping tuned in to the will of the whole People. Not as he seems to think that small group that blow smoke up his tailpipe.
Jim has stated in public and to mutual friends that he does not like the way he is criticized on Cactus Thorns. He hates it when we fail to recognized that his appointment was not an elevation to Mount Olympus to sit on the right hand a Zeus. I had no idea the man was incapable of accepting the pitfalls of politics with anything more than acceptance that others in his position take, as just part of the job.
His appointment was a politically expedient choice, that in retrospect many feel was a dumb mistake. I take full responsibility for my part in pushing for his appointment.
I’m just one vote, but I do seem to have a small but loyal following of readers. It is a long long year until the next Council Elections. A whole lifetime in Politics. It is Jim’s to win or loose. Jim lost the last election last time by 5 votes. Every vote counts in his upcoming reelection bid.
Here is an update to the old adage, “Never get into an argument with a man who buys his ink by the barrel.” Never get into a pissing match with a guy who buys his bandwidth in Tarra Bytes.
My advice to Jim would be to take criticism with a grain of salt, don’t sweat the small stuff and pick your fights carefully. And above all else Jim needs to realize that, he was Appointed not Anointed.
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