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I'm not going to be writing a lot about Senator Wilkerson's latest - and probably last - major fuck up, but I must say that I'm proud that I stood up for what was right - at great personal cost, I may add (seriously) - because our public officials must promote the public trust, not destroy it. Sadly, my suspicions were confirmed - in ways that even I couldn't imagine - but thankfully it happened now and not November 5th.
The affidavit claims that for her cash payments, Wilkerson worked it: She sent letters to all city councilors demanding a hearing on liquor licenses. She convinced Walker to write a column pushing the joint's application - by painting the holdup as proof the city licensing board had it out for non-insiders.
And, allegedly, she then threatened the city council: Get Deja Vu its full license or she'd hold up the election bill. City Council President Maureen Feeney got mad, the complaint alleges, but agreed to meet with Wilkerson.
People like Wilkerson are the reason why so many people don't trust government, which makes it all too easy to block important reforms that would improve the lives of Americans, thus giving them real reason to not trust government. Cynicism is a festering disease that feeds on itself, far easier to catch than to heal. Politicians are not special - they're people, like you or I. They work for us, not the other way around; we actually pay their salaries. A disregard for the law or an unwillingness to work on behalf of constituents is unacceptable coming from a public servant. Most politicians get it, only some don't. Thankfully, what we get out of this whole election and Wilkerson experience is Sonia Chang Diaz. As bad as Wilkerson was, Chang Diaz will be good. So a bad story - tragic, even - ends well. The system, though damaged, still works.