Well, maybe there’s something wrong with Wisconsin after all.
In Sheboygan, Mayor Bob Ryan, is about to face Terry Van Akkeren in the first mayoral recall election in that Wisconsin city’s history. It was prompted after Ryan was caught on tape passed out in a bar after a drinking binge last summer. More than 4,000 Sheboygan voters signed petitions to force the recall.
As one would expect, the mayor who humiliated his community, set a wretched example for his public (and their kids), showed that he has allowed his alcohol problem to render him unfit to serve, and violated a pledge he had made in 2009 (when he was running for office) that he had given up drinking for good, now argues that the incident is irrelevant. He says that what matters is who can bring the most jobs back to Sheboygan.
Wrong, Sam Adams Breath! It’s about which individual can be trusted to keep himself in condition to do the job he has promised to do, and to meet the high standard of conduct to which elected public officials are obligated to conform. Passing out drunk in public doesn’t meet the minimum requirements. The one obligation a mayor who does this can and should fulfill is the obligation to resign.
I don’t know what it will take to get people, especially supporters of the Bill Clintons, Newt Gingriches, Michele Bachmanns and Eliot Spitzers of the world, to get rid of the destructive and illogical idea that personal misconduct and character don’t matter when choosing public servants, but whatever it takes, I’m not going to give up until we find it.
And all assistance in that regard will be gratefully accepted.