Mensinger Tosses Hat In Ring - Big Surprise!
A few minutes ago the Daily Pilot online began carrying a story with the headline, "Mensinger Applies For Council", in which it tells the world what most of already knew was coming - that Planning Commissioner Steve Mensinger will be among those the City Council will choose from to replace out-going council member Katrina Foley when they meet on January 4th.
THAT'S NOW 3 FOR FOLEY'S SEAT
Mensinger's candidacy means a total of 3 individuals have applied for Foley's seat. I'm told that Chris McEvoy will also apply later in the week. You can read the Pilot story HERE. You may recall that it was Mensinger that first put the bug in Foley's ear about running for the School Board. At the time I speculated he did that for purely personal reasons - to open up a seat for him without having to go through the bother of actually campaigning. He doesn't have to convince the electorate, only his pals. Here we are! This could be a 10 year seat - the last two years of Foley's term plus two four-year terms as an incumbent.
WHAT'S HE GOOD AT?
Anyone who has watched Mensinger on the Planning Commission these past couple years know that he is seldom bothered by the details of an issue - he's a "big picture" kind of guy. In the article he tells us, "The only thing I think I'm good at is vision." Gee, Steve - no kidding!
A BULLY - SHORT ON PATIENCE
I've written many times about my perception of his willingness to bully applicants and, to some extent, staffers that appear before him. He is short on patience - not a particularly attractive character shortcoming for a potential council member.
"GETS THINGS DONE" - BUT HOW?
There is no question that Mensinger "gets things done". So did General Sherman in the Civil War - just ask the good folks in Georgia. I don't doubt that he would "get things done" as a council member. I do worry about the way he would go about doing it and the nature of the damage left in his wake.
HE'S THE FRONT-RUNNER - BE AFRAID, VERY AFRAID
Regardless who the other candidates might be, I suspect Mensinger is the front-runner now. Based on his performance as recently as the Planning Commission meeting last night, that should make the residents of this city more than a little nervous.