I don't think my eyes have ever been more crossed than at the machinations that I have seen in the last few days. My husband decided that he wanted to enter the arena of local politics and I supported his decision. He is new to the process so while he was careful to make sure that every signature was properly executed on his petition he did not turn in his financial papers to the borough and that was a fatal mistake for which he will now pay for. However, what really made me sick to my stomach is that because of a personal vendetta his petition would have been challenged simply because of who he was. Yes we know and have figured out who was going to try and make him pull out of the election and I can't say I am surprised.
But what really made me pause was the scrambling that everyone was doing to try and knock each other off the ballot. You know that old saying those who live in glass houses should not throw stones? Well it applies in spades to this process especially here in Downingtown. First of all petitions are to be circulated by a person of your party. It doesn't matter if your wife or husband is doing you a favor if they are not registered to the same party that you are and then you sign it saying that all is legal and above board you have hornswoggled those whom you wish to represent and you have committed a crime especially if you have the forms notarized. I also learned that financial papers need to be time stamped when turned into the borough, so not having that done is an offense that could get your petition challenged, and no amount of covering by other people makes it better if you don't have that done.
Another powerful lesson we have learned is that people can be a nice person, but a rotten public servant or politician. That makes it so hard to see the good in a person when they step off the podium/board/soap box. It also seems to emphasize the worst possible traits in a person. Those who are not overly arrogant and condescending in real life become domineering and patronizing when swinging a gavel, and those who appear to have an "aw shucks" attitude shed their outer skin and will smile while they throw you under the bus.
My husband is the type of person where what you see is what you get. He is a vet so he has seen more than many of us would care to and has come out the other side, he is not duplicitous in any sense of the word, he has handled financial matters for large businesses and worked with people with less than perfect credit, his family is his life and he loves Downingtown. Maybe 12 years of the same old same old and the above attributes is enough.