Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Brown Fights For Mediocrity
Maybe it's his name.
He's nominated Bob Sletvold for Public Defender; Diane Donaher for Community and Economic Development Director; and Allison Frantz as Director of Human Services. These three nominations are scheduled for review by Council's Personnel Committee today at 4 pm, with a possible vote by the full Council tomorrow.
Sletvold's nomination basically handcuffs his own wife, preventing her from doing much of the work expected of a judge. Frantz' nomination indicates that Brown took little time to check into the background of his applicants. She is simply unqualified. Donaher is qualified, barely. She will likely be confirmed unanimously, but is a mediocre choice.
Of the three nominations, Sletvold is headed to certain defeat. I believe it will likely be pulled.
One of my Republican friends likens Executive John Brown to the late Senator Roman Hruska, who gave this argument in support of the nomination of G. Harrold Carswell to the U.S. Supreme Court: "Even if he were mediocre, there are a lot of mediocre judges and people and lawyers. They are entitled to a little representation, aren't they, and a little chance? We can't have all Brandeises, Frankfurters and Cardozos."
Carswell was defeated.