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by Earl Gipson
Forschler, enough already!
I was going to write about Councilmember Anderson and ethics – mutually exclusive words – and how we finally got half the Code of Ethics passed at Tuesday’s (July 26) Council meeting. However, politically brain dead Councilmember Forschler’s last minute resolution in new business for an elected mayor now takes center stage.
Forschler trashes elected mayor possibility
Many of us in the City of SeaTac want an elected mayor and it just barely loses when on the ballot (nine votes in 2009 and 200 in 2011). Now we have so many issues on the table it is not feasible to change our government structure at this juncture.
For Forschler to present a resolution to place the elected mayor on the ballot is like Satan promoting the Ten Commandments. He’s a poster child for not having one and any possibly that he would run would kill it. He screwed up the un-elected mayor position so bad, as long as he sits on the Council an elected mayor structure probably has no chance on the ballot and he made sure on Tuesday. With a vote of 6 to 1 (duh) the resolution was rightly rejected.
Councilmember Anderson found this an opening to lie his butt off repeatedly (nothing to see here). He claimed it took thousands of signatures to place it on the ballot. Since I ran the last two efforts I called B.S. at the meeting. It takes 15 percent of the last general election turnout. This amounted to 390 signatures in 2009 and ~ 500 in 2011. He also implied that four Councilmembers could pass it when they can only put it on the ballot. His fill rate of #2 far exceeds his height of 6’10”. But I digress.
Forschler shows a pattern of incompetence. His uninvited visit to the Des Moines City Council to chastise them in their own house for utility taxes was absurd. He wasn’t even sworn in yet and he was making enemies.
Forschler was trusted to find a local Interim City Manager (Donny Payne) and the Forschler Four went along. What transpired next was beyond the pale. Mr. Payne was thrown into a hostile environment, handled it poorly, and was forced out by un-PC behavior. Mr. Payne may not have been ready for this and say what you want to but they just don’t hand out Bronze Stars to anyone in the US Army as Mr. Payne had earned. Result: Mr Payne’s reputation is possibly forever damaged, Forschler takes no responsibility (hides), and finally steps down from the un-elected Mayor position.
Mr. Forschler invites highly controversial figure Matt Shea (Rep-Spokane) to speak against accepting CDBG grants. First, Mr. Shea needs to mind his own damn business and second, come up with better arguments or at least seemed prepared. What a fiasco that was with the defeated incumbents and their minions filling the Council Chambers for the show. The incumbents owe Mr. Forshler a check. He did them far more good than their own losing campaigns.
The Forschler Four touted in the 2015 election has become the Forschler One. He has alienated his supporters, fellow Councilmembers, and anyone else he has touched or associated with.
Since I recommended Mr. Forschler for the Council in a column in 2015 I have to conclude I made a mistake. I have known him for almost a decade and either he has changed dramatically or I never really knew him. In his current state, he is no longer suited for the SeaTac Council nor deserving of the trust myself and others have placed in him.
If he doesn’t keep his mouth closed more often, I only have to wonder how much more damage he can do in his three and a half years remaining on the Council. In a few months he has destroyed the political capital others have built over a decade.
Bad apple still left on the Council
Glib and tall Councilmember Tony Anderson may be, ethical he is not and oh, let me count the ways. That will have to wait till next column. You can thank hapless/clueless Councilmember Forschler for that.
One last thing
Councilmember Campbell still looking for volunteers for her Sidewalk Committee. Anyone? Stop laughing. Everyone in SeaTac but Ms. Campbell will get the joke.
And of course the Cactus song selection:
I couldn’t find one I liked for this column so here is tune my parents liked (think I was an aspiring five-year-old with a good memory).
Gene Pitney – (The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance-1962