Oh, now, this is getting silly. You know how it is? You have this Weird Uncle Harold and nobody wants him around because he keeps peeing on the carpet and chewing food with his mouth open, and insists on bringing his mistress to Sunday dinner, which upsets his wife no end, and causes everyone to roll their eyes and clamp their jaws tight. Embarrassing. Guy’s embarrassing ,but you can’t not invite him because, well, he’s still kind of of family, sort of, but you sure wish he’s move to France or something, and do it sooner rather than later.
So, you’re stuck with the guy, but you don’t, under any circumstances, allow him to represent the family at public events. In short, you don’t let him go out in public, except maybe with a paper bag on his head.
Our Board of Supervisors is in a similar predicament with one of their members, Supervisor Gibson, who created a big stupid mess when he had an affair with his direct-hire assistant, then huddled with the County to hustle her out of his office and into a made-up type job while her work went undone, but her salary kept coming, until the County made sure its legal butt was safe from legal problems, then Gibson brought his girlfriend back to work as his assistant again. And a good many members of the public said, “Whaaaa????” And had a cow.
In cases of that kind, the usual behavior of Boards who have one of their colleagues behaving badly, is to pull an Uncle Herman – roll their eyes, clamp their jaws, smile a great deal and speak in bland generalities about “moving forward,” while quietly shoving their behaving-badly colleague into the background and praying he’ll stay quiet and out of sight until his term is over. And above all, they move heaven and earth to backbench their miscreant colleague in order to keep him out of the wider public eye
Ah, but not our BOS. Oh, Nossir! They voted to have Gibson represent the County on the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) Board. And since word of his ridiculous “arrangement” has already preceded him to Sacramento, you can be sure there’ll be some general snickering and eye rolling up north, none of it very likely to reflect well on SLOTown.
True, during the vote, new Supervisor Debbie Arnold voted against the appointment , the second time she’s tangled with the 4-1 Board , the first time over voting Gibson into the Vice Chairman position, thereby indicating her maverick-y willingness to refuse to lock-step with her fellow Sups. And, yes the hearing on the appointment did allow the public time to once again stand at the podium and wash Gibson’s dirty laundry in public and excoriate him and the Board and call for his resignation.
All of which was utterly ignored, of course. So Uncle Herman . . . excuse me . . . Supervisor Gibson’s grand career moves ever forward unscathed, enabled by so many willing hands.
Truly, truly . . . God bless the child . . .