Do I exaggerate your ironic insincerity in carrying out your avowal to clean up the debris from the Plusquellic administration? Come now, Warner. I haven't been a political journalist all these years who only attended the Saturday matinees for the free popcorn. The transparency hurts the eye.
Want to know what some of your friends (and enemies) are saying about this? One fellow who claims you as a friend, despises Plusquellic and has signed your petition, casually mentioned to me that win or lose the recall, you are really involved in a learning experience to prepare you for your own mayoral campaign. Well, there is much for you to learn and a couple of years of creating turmoil for the city is hardly enough time to capture the imagination of a big city electorate. As of now you only have your fixed chorus, who would never support the mayor anyway. After all, how common is it for any elected public official to be seated by acclimation?
And don't count on all of those folks who have signed the recall petitions to be an electoral resource when you decide to convert your "learning experience" into a bid for the mayor's office. Some of the recallers are Republicans who are using you to return to City Hall with their own candidate after 26 frustrating years of denial. ( Curiously, somebody was passing out recall petitions at the recent Republican Lincoln Day Dinner.)
Along the way you have lost support from key people who might have been expected to support the recall. Are they captives of the Plusquellic mystique? Would they vote for him in a mayoral election? Probably not. Would they pick you out of the crowd and vote for you? Probably not. Why could that be, Warner?
Having read your campaign material, I must say that it took years to assemble (Right?) in preparation for your auspicious coming-out party. God knows how much it cost the taxpayers for the lost hours for the city to respond to your (or Bob Smith's) countless requests from Day One.
Warner, why don't you end the charade? If you want to be mayor, I would be the first to say you have a right to go for it. But you have not yet explained why your impatience should be hastily served by a self-serving inflammatory recall campaign rather than the normal election year process used by Don Plusquellic and all of his predecessors.
Unless, of course, you need the learning experience as the warrior in the Trojan Horse. Warner, let it go.