March 29, 2006
Your Politics Lesson for the 29th: Subtilty and Shrewdness
The always masterful Curtis Adams has done it again. I will worship him to excess, and I won't be able to help myself.
[...]Commission Chairman Larry Henry said he is concerned about the process leading to [the vote to replace former Rep. Jack Sharp in the House of Representatives]...[H]e worries that some good candidates are dissuaded from pursuing such seats when it appears someone else is the likely appointee. "It bothers me a little bit that some of these things get prearranged," said Mr. Henry, who represents parts of the Brainerd area in the 30th House District.
Democrat Greg Ezell said he stopped pursuing the appointment after talking to three commissioners because he "saw the writing on the wall."
From the outset, Commissioner Curtis Adams, whose East Ridge-area district is in the House district, recommended [East Ridge Mayor Vince] Dean for the post.
[Ezell] said he spoke to Commissioners Lou Miller, Warren Mackey and Curtis Adams. The first two were receptive, but Mr. Adams wouldn’t give him consideration, he said.
"He was dead-set from the getgo that it was going to be Mayor Vince Dean," Mr. Ezell said.
Sound familiar? I'd bet that it does. The same thing happened last September when the Commission was replacing former School Board member Charles Love. Adams was determined to appoint Andrea Smith, and only caved at the last minute to vote for Jeffrey Wilson — primarily because his own stubbornness had been slightly upstaged by William Cotton's refusal to vote, period.
Since then, Curtis Adams has been involved in yet another appointment situation where he reportedly downright refused to review or meet with any other qualified candidate than his predetermined choice.
That's three times in six months where Commissioner Adams has acted like a spoiled kid in the sandbox regarding legislative appointments. His constituents should be well warned of this behavior when it comes time to vote in August.
Political News | By joe lance | 10:11 PM