Punished once again for being a registered voter. First it was jury duty -- in summer at the un-air-conditioned Appling courthouse -- and now, a push poll. ... (that) implied state Sen. Joey Brush was a shady doofus. It also tried to sell Jim Whitehead as a public servant. Wow. Brush, viewed dispassionately, is a doofus; he's wasted his legislative agenda on his quixotic helmet campaign, and done nothing else the public is aware of -- but ... he's anything but shady.
Whitehead, on the other hand, the best that can be said of him is that once he's bought, he stays bought. As the Realtor lobby's Gimp (without the black leather leotards and studded mask, perhaps) he has faithfully done their bidding against the interests of the residents of Columbia County. Whitehead isn't for sale, he's already sold his soul, but not for votes.
Exactly what is Whitehead's record? Well, he happily threw a cancer survivor out of her trailer because he is intolerant of (poor) exceptions to the rules, yet on every request for a variance by businesses from a liquor establishment to our local Meglo-Mart, he has invariably bent the laws.
While we were undergoing five long consecutive years of drought, what were he and the rest of the Reagan Drive Clown College doing? Besides mutual nasal hygiene and picking nits from each other's fur? For three years, nothing; then rationing, fines. While Columbia County was undergoing severe water rationing, how was the Whitehead braindrain -- oops, brain trust -- dealing with the crisis? Think about pictures of him grinning mindlessly at groundbreakings for new developments that need ever more water; remember the millions of gallons being sold to Richmond County at that same time. Whitehead -- protecting his constituency, the "scrape and rape" developers -- from paying for the flooding and ecological damage they've caused, pushed forward the rain tax.
Brush is no brain surgeon -- though if he keeps up with that motorcycle, it might come in handy -- but he is accountable to the voters. Whitehead, on the other hand is as slimy as a french kiss from the critter in that Alien movie. If he wins in the primary, I will go to the polls without breakfast so I won't upchuck when I have to vote for that other party. I know their guy has to be better.
Dave Stewart Sr.
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