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Give Gordon a chance

May 08, 2010

We understand. We really do. Councilman David Gordon can be annoyingly preoccupied with government minutiae, unreasonably combative and hyper political on behalf of a relatively small constituency. But the fact that he’s been completely shut out of any leadership post smacks of childish grudge-holding.

Twice now, voters have spoken and sent him to City Hall to represent their interests. And every year, Gordon’s colleagues have shut him out of the mayor rotation, citing his grating style of governance and poor record of working with city officials.

Now into his fifth year on the City Council, though, the message has clearly been sent. At this point, to keep him away from a role that, historically, nearly all multiple-term council members have held at least once just seems churlish.

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Next year, he should be allowed into the rotation with an appointment to vice mayor. And once he reaches mayor, his yearlong reign can be used as whatever public indictment that his opponents wish to draft. But it is time to give him an opportunity.


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