But, how unfortunate for them!
That all-too-transparent bit of dramatic political manipulation alone should disqualify them from office.
Fortunately, two of the three are up for re-election in November; Marcia Ward and Wayne Valentine.
And we have two great candidates coming up against them. Laurie Rodgers is running against Marcia Ward and Marie Kovesci is taking on Wayne Valentine.
When he first ran for office, Mr. Valentine ran on a “no tax increase” pledge. And by golly, he is standing by that pledge no matter what. That reminds me of the “zero tolerance” weapons policies in school districts that administrators have used as an excuse to send kindergarteners home when they bring toy guns to school. Such administrators turn teachable moments into punitive sentences. “Zero tolerance” policies replace thoughtful administration with thoughtless action. Unfortunately, Mr. Valentine’s history with the Winona County Board is laced with a “zero tolerance” mentality and he has often replaced thoughtful consideration with thoughtless action. He did so again at last Tuesday’s meeting.
Ward, it appears, elected not to vote at all on this issue.
And Mr. Jacob, like a good replacement chair, didn’t vote either because apparently a tie vote would have caused the motion to fail. So what was the wording of the motion? What motion or motions would have failed with a tie vote?
The minutes of that meeting had not yet been published at the time I wrote this column. But I have to wonder…
It appears to me that rather than admit that they were wrong in their approach to county budgeting the threesome simply manipulated the meeting. Even if the outcome was better, they replaced good governance with shameful politics.
I trust this bit of shenanigans sealed their doom. Vote Ward and Valentine out of office in November. I’m sure they both have better things to do than disrespecting the democratic institution we entrusted them with.