Thursday, May 16, 2013
MIA McClure - 14.7% Committee Attendance Over 6 Years
Since I began blogging in 2006, I do a yearly roundup of the attendance record of each Council member. I have always paid attention to committee hearings as well. Every member of council is encouraged to participate in every committee. So it's a pretty accurate gauge of the time and effort each councilperson devotes to government service. Based on this standard, the time and effort McClure spends as a member of Council is shameful. It's been that way for six years. Here's his committee attendance record since 2007:
2007: 5 of 27 committee hearings.
2008: 6 of 26 committee hearings.
2009: 6 of 23 committee hearings.
2010: 0 of 21 committee hearings.
2011: 4 of 43 committee hearings.
2012: 4 of 30 committee hearings.
That's a 14.7% attendance record over 6 years. It demonstrates a consistent disregard for the people McClure was elected to serve. I see Scott Parson, a slate quarry worker, kill himself to make it to committee hearings. But McClure is only rarely there, even for hearings that affect his own district or Gracedale.
With this record of disdain for the public, I find it incredible that McClure actually thinks people will vote for him, especially those among us who do show up and who do work.
McClure's attendance at regular Council meetings is better, but even that presents some cause for concern. In 2012, he attended 25 of 32 full meetings. But in 2010, he missed three meetings in a row during the Summer without explanation. He was missing in action for six weeks.
The one Committee he chairs - Legal and Judicial - has failed to meet in over three year, even though numerous conflicting interpretations of the Home Rule Charter have led to lawsuits.
The next Executive, no matter what his philosophy might be, has to be a person who is willing to serve the people who have elected him. That could be Glenn Reibman, John Callahan or John Brown. But it certainly is not Lamont McClure. Just as he was unwilling to knock on doors during his campaign, he 's simply unwilling to work.