Wednesday, June 06, 2012
Was It Something I Said?
Our town is run by a city commission. The commissioners are voted in to 3-year terms and can only serve 6 years in a row. The commissioners, in turn, vote in a mayor, who can only serve one year at a time. This works as well--or as poorly, take your pick--as any of the types of governing bodies we have here in the US.
One of our neighbors was a commissioner/mayor several years ago. For the most part, our commissioners aren't voted in as party members, but it isn't hard to deduce which side of the fence they are on. The Neighbor and I are polar opposites in almost everyone of our beliefs. However, I don't know how HE knows this fact.
K is opposed to having signs, posters, decals, bumper stickers on ANYTHING we own. I'm surprised he 'allows' me to have a Red Wings Skin-It on my cell phone. ;) While I DO have a few smaller Red Wing Skin-Its on the Envoy, K would be just as happy if it was devoid of any personality whatsoever. (Of course, I would have the entire Envoy covered, but that is another topic.) We never have political signs in our yard. We don't have bumper stickers of any kind. We don't go to political rallies and never endorse, in any way, political candidates. Yet, our neighbor knows that K is closer to his political views than I am. And the only way he knows/thinks this about K is that K is a union member. Frankly, even *I* am not sure how far left OR right K leans. Politics is not something we discuss often.
As I said, our neighbor has some experience in the political arena. He wants more. A few years ago--after his time on the city commission--he tried to get elected to the State House. I'm not sure he even got out of the primaries. A few weeks ago, he came by the house with a petition so that he could become a candidate for the commission once again. Nothing unusual about that, except for HOW he presents these petitions. And this is the story:
The doorbell rang in the early evening. This in itself is a very unusual occurrence, but seeing The Neighbor at the door was even more so. We are neighbors and friendly, but we aren't what you would consider 'friends' with him and his wife. I opened the door and he asked if K was home. When K came to the kitchen, The Neighbor told him that he was going to run for City Commission again and asked if K would sign his petition so that he could get on the ballot. K agreed and The Neighbor left. Without asking me if *I* wanted to sign the petition. This is the second time he has done the exact same thing, so I'm assuming he knows that I don't particularly like his politics. But I don't understand HOW he knows this. I find this very perplexing.
After The Neighbor left, I asked K if he thought there was any chance of the man getting on the commission again. K said he didn't know, only that he would NEVER vote him. I really had to chuckle over that one. ;)