Saturday, December 31, 2005

This Just In...McCarter Here to Stay

Courtesy of an anonymous source, everyone's favorite commissioner, States McCarter is not resigning and will stay in his seat to 2008. Apparently, he made the big announcement in his monthly propaganda-rag-disguised-as-constituent-service, "News From the 8th District."

For what it's worth, we wouldn't mind seeing McCarter's heir apparent, David Hamilton (to be fair, Hamilton assures us that he is nothing of the sort), run against McCarter in 2008 if Hamilton can distinguish himself from McCarter on the issues. We would submit that Hamilton is distinct from McCarter by virtue of not being crazy, but what do we know? Seriously, we're in favor of contested elections for every office, and not just because it helps us fill column inches. It's also, you know, what living in a republic is all about.

More on that later. Meanwhile, read our predictions for 2006 above.


monticello_pres said...

Come on, guys. You know that States is a tireless servant and has been a wonderful leader for Cedar Creek and the 8th District since taking over for the retired Ken Jordan (not to be confused with Carl Jordan) several years ago.

His news from the 8th District is wonderful - and that is a value added he provides that most Commissioners would not or could not consider.

You may not agree with States' position on LPDS - and there are a wide spectrum of truths related to this - but he errs by aggressively promoting his belief of what's best for his district and his constituants.

In an era where we beg for elected officials to avoid double talk and simply be transparent, States has done so genuinely. And, if you are honest with yourself, that is what has gotten him the most adverse PR.

Publius said...

Speaking only for myself, I would say that a majority of the adverse PR that States has gotten from us has to do with his less statesmanlike antics, such as the infamous post-Commission meeting incidents where he called out Kathy Hoard, Carl Jordan, etc on various issues. Also, the incident with Tom Wyatt of the Chamber (accounts vary on that one, but it's pretty clear that States has a temper on him.)

As to aggressively promoting "his belief," etc, I can't argue with that. But I think, as I've said a couple of times that States promotes what he thinks is best for his neighbors, which is merely a subgroup of his consituents. I don't think, rationally, that he listens to many folks outside of Cedar Creek and the other mega-divisions.

hillary said...

Or, um, some folks in them.

Actually, that's not fair. He listens. He just doesn't alter his position.

Publius said...

I dunno about all that. Seems like his thing is that he only solicits the opinion of the folks in his backyard. I'm sure that if his non-Cedar Creek and Green Acres constiuency rattled his cage, he'd listen, but you're right, he wouldn't change his mind.

hillary said...

Yeah. And I'm saying: he doesn't even solicit the opinion of everyone in his backyard. I'm there. I ain't being solicited.

monticello_pres said...

You are probably more correct than not to suggest States obtains much of his information and much of his viewpoint from Cedar Creek and/or Green Acres-Crestwood. But there are a lot of reasons for this. First, I would be interested to know what proportion of the 8th District is comprised of homes/voters in these 2 subdivisions. My guess is that it is significant. That doesn't mean that outside - or even opposing - viewpoints are moot. That just means their voice isn't as loud and their message doesn't arrive as easily.

Second, the McCarters have lived in Cedar Creek for many years. I think 25 or more but I am not completely certain about that. Regardless, that means that his viewpoints come from his 'being' (who he is) - and who he is comes from his environment. Cedar Creek is a big part of that. Cedar Creek has been a part of who he is long before the title of 8th District Commissioner was even considered. He considers himself, and I agree with this, a neighbor concerned enough to volunteer his time and his energy. It's somewhat of a stewardship commitment that has made him successful and made Ken Jordan successful for many years before.

I would also offer that the history of the CCCA - arguably the largest and oldest neighborhood association in A/CC - also plays a large role in this. Organization and inertia are key components to any significant voice. This is true in local politics or in national lobbying. My point being that the CCCA and Green Acres-Crestwood influence has not begun nor will it end with States.

Please don't get me wrong. This is not a blind defense of States nor is it a calous indictment of Hillary. But I have heard it opined that viewpoints arrive with the responsibility of 2 parties - those soliciting and/or those supplying. Afterall, any relationship, even that of electied official and electing voter, requires effort from both sides. And I think that is always important to remember.

hillary said...

Because everyone who knows me knows I'm slow to contact my elected officials and to give my opinion?

I've asked several times to be subscribed to that damn email newsletter. Apparently those not on the bus don't get to get on it.

Publius said...

Just two things I'd mention about monticello's statement. There's no question that if you want your voice heard, you've got to put some effort into it. It isn't practical to assume that your local elected is going to show up on your doorstep, Ed Koch-style with a plate of brownies and a few free hours to kill. However, despite not knowing Hillary from a hole in the ground, I can't imagine that she has any sort of reticence about expressing her opinion.

The other thing is that, while I wouldn't argue that Cedar Creek/Green Acres, et al make up the lion's share of the votes in D8, I don't think that those homes make up even a substantial minority of the residents of D8, which should be States' constituents (as opposed to just the folks who vote regularly.)

Problem is, the folks who live in D8 (and every other district in every other city in the country) but don't vote are also usually too apathetic to bother contacting their local elected officials, which just highlights a larger problem - the fundamental disconnect between the constituents and the officials.