Editor: It was with great dismay that I read the article about the sad state of the elections in the city of Madeira Beach. While I’m glad there is a slate of candidates from which to choose, I am saddened by the fact that Mayor Charles Parker was allowed to rule on an item that directly affected his candidacy for the mayoral position. How is this proper? If he were to opine that the rule (which is clearly stated in the city charter) should be upheld, he would have ruled himself out of the election.
This is yet another example of how Parker and his current band of ‘yes-people’ do whatever they see fit to benefit themselves, with no regard for rules and/or laws.
Yes, I am insinuating a case of selective enforcement. At what point was the city commission granted the power to decide which rules would be upheld and when? I’m really going to go out on a limb here; I would bet that if it were Jim Madden and Doreen Moore who had forgotten (ignored, failed to follow the law, etc.) to submit the acceptance letter, the current commission would have used that omission to have them removed from the ballot. As a matter of fact, I would guarantee it.
It is fortunate for Art Thomas that he was picked from the same camp as Commissioners Len Pioti and John Wolbert, no coincidence that this group was a supporter of Parker. The fact that Parker, who was in office when the rule was passed after two readings, and Thomas did not completely read their candidate’s package (don’t forget Martha Boos slipped on this one, too) is a blatant example why they should not be trusted with the business of our city.
We have in recent history watched Mayor Parker wiggle his way out of terribly sticky situations, simply because his cronies surround him on the commission. Does anyone remember the blatant Sunshine Law violation of just a few months ago? Should Parker and Thomas be elected to office, we will have a commission completely made up of people who either do not know the rules or choose not to abide by them.