I hear the news vans have been to City Hall today regarding the recent news about Councilmember Mike Judge. Honestly, that bothers me. Here’s why:
I see Mike Judge as an important symbol in our community. It seemed the odds were against him when he first ran for City Council, but his numbers were pretty decent. He gave Barbra Williamson a run for her money, but she still retook her seat. The next time around, he firmly landed a seat on the Council. He did that without the business accolades and awards. He did that without the community connections and big dollar donors. He did that without the support of sitting Council members. For me, it was an exciting milestone. It was sad to see Michelle Foster leave, but exciting to see a guy that we could all relate to be victorious. His campaign style and general demeanor were very appealing to me from the very beginning. I liked seeing him win. I’d like him to stick around.
To Mike Judge: we’ve all made errors in judgment over the years ever since email gained traction as a main stream form of communication. When you can share content with a ton of people by a simple click of a button, bad things are bound to slip out. Own it. Accept accountability and apologize. You have a lot of supporters, and those who are troubled by this can forget about it and let it go if they know it won’t happen again. Your First Amendment rights are a true privilege that you value, I understand. But a few people and the media are concerned. So commit to not doing it again.
To Mike Judge’s advisors: thanks for sticking by him during a tough time. But if you’ve got an agenda to protect and you’re not publicly defending him, then you’re not doing anyone any favors. You know who you are.
Mike Judge is a solid person who I respect as an individual and as a Councilmember. I’d like to see this blow over really soon. Let’s move on with a little assurance from Mike that this isn’t a concern moving forward. It’s time to get back to business, folks!