It's a case of neighbors helping neighbors. And it works.
Often in politics, when citizens are busy living their lives, the only people looking at certain things are lobbyists, politicos, elected officials and (at times) bloggers, including me.
So, I decided to look around and see how my "neighborhood" was doing. Were people OK? Anyone sick?
I looked at current-State Senator Mike McGee of Idaho to do a follow-up on his illness.
Illness? What illness?
From The idaho Statesman, Kevin Richert's column of July 6th said this:
McKay had no reason to present this defense in court, since a plea agreement took care of the most serious charge against McGee: a career-threatening felony count of driving off in a parked SUV and damaging the vehicle and a trailer.
But McKay has publicly floated the theory — in a news release, presumably with his client’s blessing, to suggest McGee’s judgment was impaired “by factors beyond the consumption of alcohol.”
Well, was it? McKay and McGee aren’t releasing medical records. And Ada County Sheriff Gary Raney says no jail inmate was diagnosed with a concussion during the 36 hours McGee spent behind bars.
Those are two big holes in this story.
So, it’s time for answers.
You can’t blame me asking. McGee — or more precisely, McKay — opened the door.
That was 5 months ago.
It's STILL "time for answers".
If John's attorney mispoke, people would want to hear that, too.
If John is hoping that "neighbors" won't keep watching, he's dead wrong.
So, by being quiet on this issue and all the other issues that have followed him around for 5 months, John McGee dishonors all who hired him and all who have had to stand under his leadership.
When John became a public figure he received the people's trust; then suddenly and apparently cavalierly he seemed to dismiss it through his various behaviors of 2011.
These two "holes" in current-Senator John McGee's story must be filled. Sooner, rather than later.
2011 works. But 2012 will work just as well.
It's been 5 months. In around 5 weeks, current-Senator John McGee will be in the Capitol everyday facing people who will be asking him these same questions.
Idaho deserves these answers. John deserves to get it off his chest, too.