Friday, May 16, 2008

Good Thing/Bad Thing - Mayor of Muskogee

Muskogee Oklahoma has a new mayor. 19 year old John Tyler Hammons beat out his 70 year old opponent to head the city of 38,000. Let's examine the good and the bad:

1 good- His first order of business is to set up an independent ethics commission and establish campaign finance reporting requirements.
1 bad- This always seems to be the "first order of business" the politicians claim they'll do to get elected. Will he actually do it? And who would actually serve on such a commission? Enquiring ethicists want to know. 
2 good- He was president of both the Young Republicans and Young Democrats club in his High School. 
2 bad- I actually think the proper place is to be pissing off both the Young Republicans and Young Democrats, but still...
3 good- This quote: "Politics stop at the door. If someone wants to talk politics I will literally leave the office and leave the building if I have to."
3 bad- Plugging up your ears and singing "la la la la la" is not the way to handle people who are telling you things you don't want to hear. Especially in your office where, you know, you're in charge. 

Overall, I think the bad is more snarky than worrisome. So, here's to a good run Mayor Hammons.

The Rational Moderate 

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