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County Councilman misses the point

May 28. 2013 11:28PM
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LUZERNE COUNTY Councilman Edward Brominski seems to have a few neurons misfiring in the “definitions” lobe of his brain.

In an email to fellow council members, Brominski explained his no vote against Linda Coxen of Colorado, County Manager Robert Lawton’s original nominee to head the judicial services/records division. Coxen’s nomination was rejected and current county employee Joan Hoggarth landed the job.

Brominski explained he thought Coxen was the better candidate, but voted against her as “a no confidence vote in the manager, not the applicant.” He said he assumed Coxen would still get the nod.

Quoth Brominski: “Had I, in my wildest dreams, knew that there was a move afoot to reject her for a local candidate, less qualified and proposed to be hired for more money, I would definitely have voted for Ms. Coxen.

“I apologize to those of you who voted for Ms. Coxen as I let your good judgment down, but I am disappointed to learn that those who voted no with me, did so for personal/political reasons” (emphasis added).

Here’s the rub: You’re supposed to vote for or against a candidate based on qualifications and suitability for the position.

Voting no to make room “for a local candidate” or as “a no confidence vote in the manager” are both political reasons.

This has nothing to do with the qualifications of either candidate, or with Lawton’s performance. It is about all the wrong things Brominski did.

He voted against a candidate he believed was right for the job, discrediting his commitment to excellence. He voted no under the assumption she would still get the job, diminishing his integrity and trustworthiness. He voted no to show disapproval of the County Manager, raising doubts about his own judgment and effectiveness. Want Lawton out? Convince enough fellow council members to replace him, or convince enough voters to elect council members who will oust him.

Worst of all, Brominski accused others of playing politics while joining the game, then ignored his own culpability.

He may have wanted to show a lack of confidence in Lawton, but voter’s were given reason to lack confidence in Brominski.

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