Arrogance On Parade - Righeimer Speaks
According to the lovely and talented Antonie Boessenkool of the Orange County Register, HERE, he told the assembled crowd, "I have no doubt that at the end of the day, we will have a charter on the ballot." He later apparently told the audience, "It's going to pass. It also gives us a lot more leverage to do things right."
EVER THE CLASS ACT
According to Boessenkool's article, Righeimer chided Newport Beach Mayor, Keith Curry, saying "Curry, you've got it made over here." Ever the class act, our mayor. Although I wasn't there, I suspect our friends in Newport Beach felt a whole lot better about Curry as their mayor after watching Righeimer's act.
He also apparently said, "We want to manage the city. The (employee) associations and their contracts can't manage the city."
HE'S ON THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL
COCKY? NAH, ARROGANT
To describe him as "cocky" seems inadequate. I'm thinking that "arrogant" best describes him. You tell me... here's the Dictionary.com definition of arrogance: offensive display of superiority or self-importance; overbearing pride. That sounds about right to me.
Despite having his charter soundly thumped at the polls last November, he arrogantly demanded another drink from the bowl. He demanded that a charter committee, not a commission, be created, then promptly stacked it with folks who follow his mantra like so many lemmings. I have no doubt that when the process is complete there WILL be a charter. I also don't doubt that Righeimer and his majority on the council will tinker with it to get his pet projects included before it is placed on the November ballot.
He apparently thinks the facade of fairness - the committee, which is subservient to the council - will actually sway the electorate the next time. He thinks it was all about him last time around... it wasn't. It was the charter he cobbled together all by himself to be sure his pet peeves were included. The voters didn't just say "No", but they, with a 60-40% walloping, said "Heck, No!", or words to that effect.
So, as the campaign season now unfolds, it's going to be interesting to watch Righeimer posture, prance, pontificate and pander to the voters for the next fourteen months. It ain't gonna be pretty!
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