Thursday, January 23, 2014
Sletvold: NorCo Council Passes First Political Courage Test
Ironically, two of the Republican Council members who bucked their own party, and who must have done so under extreme pressure, are two that I opposed last election cycle.
Once again, i prove that I'm an idiot.
One of them, Hayden Phillips, is a person I called an extremist during the campaign because some of his views are out there. I still feel that way, but have to commend his integrity in choosing good government over party allegiance.
The second Council member, Seth Vaughn, is a person I criticized because of his chronic absences on the LV Planning Commission. But he, like Phillips, chose to do what he thought was in the best interests of the County.
Cynics say these two care nothing about good government and were really just promoting Tom Carroll, a tea party lawyer who might be interested in the PD slot. But if i have heard that there is no way that Brown would select Carroll, I am sure they heard that, too.
I believe they acted in the best interest of the County.
Mat Benol, Glenn Beissinger and Peg Ferraro? Not so much. Benol and Geissinger are new to the game and can be expected to stick to their party. But Peg knew better. She basically told Morning Call columnist Bill White that the appointment was bad, but chose her party over doing the right thing.