Have you ever thought about running for office? I don’t mean president, just some obscure local office, like …. the Mecklenburg County Commission.
It’s a part-time part-time job where you get paid for meeting on the first and third Tuesday of each month for about 3 hours. Other than that you don’t do much at all because you hired a county manager who really runs the business of the county.
But this week you get to step into the spotlight, because the man you hired, Harry Jones, has a pretty bad ego problem and has refused to address the festering mess at Mecklenburg County’s DSS.
Harry Jones explains DSS short comings are no big deal.
He’s been heavy handed with employees, cronyism runs rampant and the system of checks and balances normally associated with government is broken.
Up until this point you have laid low, hoping the whole thing will blow over and Harry will be a good boy. But it hasn’t blown over in fact this morning your phone is ringing at 6 AM because the Charlotte Observer is digging into Harry Jones like a badger who hasn’t seen a good meal in a week.
Your email is overloaded, sixty three new messages since the last time you looked, just after midnight.
You’re deleting unread messages from your Blackberry so fast that you fail to see your college freshman daughter’s email telling you she wants to spend Christmas in Cancun with her 45 year old professor.
Because of the Harry Jones fiasco you didn’t read her email telling you "He’s sooooo sweet". You know the email that continues ….. “I hope you and mom won’t mind, but if you rather I just come home for Christmas shoot me and email before noon tomorrow, otherwise its CANCUN for Christmas! WOOO WHOOO!”
Meanwhile some blogger named Cedar Posts is providing your email address to about 50 people every hour adding to the insanity of your normally obscure elected position and the emails keep coming.
At this point Harry Jones has become a dead weight around your neck, your life is in turmoil and by next week when you learn about the deleted Cancun email, you’ll decide its time for Harry Jones to go.
Let's face it contacting your county commissioners is the last thing you want to put on your Wednesday to do list.
But do you really want your local government run by a bunch of bullies? Government employees who use their influence to have Bank of America employees reprimanded? People who steal candy from small orphaned children and then laugh it off when caught on camera have no place running our county government.
So fire off an email:
Cut and past these addys:
"FIRE HARRY JONES" in the subject line.
Now! In the body of your email.
It's that easy!