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Readers' Forum: Nov. 21, 2007

In politics, you sometimes just have to move on

Dear Mr. Mayor: I write today as the unanimously elected secretary of the Vigo County Democratic Central Committee. Your continued efforts to avoid the will of the voters are doing a disservice to our Democratic Party as well as to the democratic process as a whole.

Mayor, unlike many, I can speak from personal experience. You might recall that I overwhelmingly won the Democratic nomination for council-at-large a couple of years ago with my message to repeal the new EDIT, CAGIT, and “Gotcha” income taxes. Between the spring and the fall elections, you and your administration spearheaded a successful effort to defeat me in the general election with the Republican challenger (who I happened to like as well) by 121 votes.

After the election, you and I had a good laugh. You told me, “I hope there aren’t any hard feelings. It’s just politics. I didn’t want to take any chances of losing the tax money. Don’t take it personally.”

Mayor, I didn’t. I understand politics.

Certainly, I had an argument that with a countywide election; 121 votes was close enough for a recount but I had too much respect for the Democratic Party and democratic process to allow my personal gain to affect my common sense.

Now, in addition to a recount, you want to totally discredit Duke Bennett’s candidacy arguing his employer helps children with the use of federal funds. Your committee certainly knew the potential for this argument prior to your loss of the election. You brought up the same issue against your primary opponent, Jim Horrall. Why wait until after the votes are counted? You stated to the local news, “I owe it to the 50 percent of the people who I represent.”

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