Four years ago, a political newcomer named Diane Lawless came campaigning for the Third District of Lexington’s Urban County Council race. She promised effective, idealistic and dedicated service for those whose vote she sought. This liberal blogger gave her money, and gave her hours, and helped with distribution of her yard signs. That trust has been squandered by Lawless, who has been missing in action and inconsistent in four years of supposedly serving the Third District. Lawless has allowed her individual constituents to be hurt by her failure of leadership in ways that have been catastrophic to some of those constituents, and in ways that are unacceptable when they occurred in 2011, and remain unacceptable in 2012.
After four years of the most abject failure on the most basic fundamentals of representing those she serves, and after four years of abject failure to be a consistently reliable liberal voice, Lawless believes that she can consistently fail to show up for work, can steadfastly refuse to even communicate with her constituents, can berate Democrats for committing the horrible faux pas of supporting Democrats, and can simply come back before the voters and act as though she has served the citizens in anything like a proper manner.
Support Jim Gray? Of course. Support Democratic candidates up and down the line? Of course. But for any elected leader to have any value or merit, they must show up and communicate with their constituents. Diane Lawless has failed to do that. Excuses heard have included that she is in some way or another ill. If that is true, then godspeed for a fast recovery. No personal animus is expressed here for someone who may be a nice person if they show up in a communicative state. But whatever the reason, and however valid the personal challenges may be, as an elected official, Diane Lawless is either unable or unwilling to meet the duties of the office. And there can be no personal excuse for her conduct criticizing Democratic volunteers and loyalists for supporting a Democratic candidate.
So who is the best alternative? Not Republican Rock Daniels, who knows how to have a good time (see above). Lexington’s Mayor Jim Gray is to be credited with the plan he came up with for his mayoral race. Here’s part of it:
Lexington deserves a Fresh Start. It’s time to put aside our political differences and plan for Lexington’s future. In the next few pages I hope you will read and learn more about how I plan to lead Lexington through the next four years.
Like so many of you I chose Lexington as my home….
Apparently if it’s good enough for Jim Gray, it’s good enough for Rock Daniels to crib from. Here’s part of his documents:
The 3rd District deserves a Fresh Approach. It is time to implement a plan that will move us forward into the future. Over the next couple of pages, I hope you will read and learn more about how I plan to lead the 3rd District over the course of the next two years.
Like so many of you, I have chosen to live in Lexington because I….
And so it goes.
And of course, there’s the further moral ambiguity of Rock splashing his business advertisement across Lexington’s trolleys in a way that uses business funds in a way the promotes his candidacy. Yes, it is a non-partisan office race. But perhaps this is all just Rock being true to his Republican roots—after all, money is free speech, and corporations is people. But take away the cribbing of talking points, the skanky use of business funds to promote his race, and he’s still just another empty-suited Republican.
To get more background on all the candidates, read the Herald-Leader’s profile article.
The best choice for the Third District is Stephanie Spires. Read all her materials, learn more about her, here. One candidate is supposedly spreading a claim that Spires is a Republican. Frankly, for this voter, that would be the kiss of death, non-partisan race or not. Be assured that, contrary to what one candidate says, Spires is a Democrat, and has worked for Democratic leadership in the state house. Given the failure of Lawless, Spires deserves a chance to represent progressive values in Lexington.