September 4, 2014 12:30 am ET
Candidate’s misleading misdeed should not go unpunished as community’s nickname applies
Source: “Jake the Snake”
I am always one who is willing to admit when I make a mistake. And boy, did I ever make one a few months ago…
In the primary, during this year’s battle among the democrats for a spot on the November ballot, I made a huge mistake by endorsing Mr. Jake Mohorovic for the House of Delegates.
Politics is a rather peculiar business. Power has an irresistible lure of that can transcend the boundaries of morally acceptable behavior. I have learned that certain candidates seeking that pinnacle take a “win at all costs” attitude that includes lying to someone’s face.
And, since that happened to me, I think I was clear in my earlier assessment.
So now we come to the case of Mr. Mohorovic, who won the democratic primary and heads to the November “party”—and the floor of State House—for the honor to serve the people in what some refer to as “the asylum.”
I endorsed Mr. Mohorovic for what I thought were characteristics that few politicians possess—honor, integrity, and truthfulness. It’s hard to find stuff like that among today’s pols. Those little things tend to give voters confidence that the one they sent to the party will dance to the favorite song of those people who took the time to mark a ballot.
But it was not what it seemed. One early Saturday afternoon right before the primary, there was a knock at my door. Mr. Mohorovic was standing there with a hand full of papers. There was the man I thought would lead the righteous down the path of “truth, justice, and the American way”—words once uttered by an anonymous announcer from the past on the Superman program.
However, this was far from being super.
Seeing Jake standing there with some papers in his hand, I thought, “This must be important.” So I opened the door to Pandora’s Box.
We exchanged pleasantries, and then the deception began with the, “Gee whiz, what do I do with this information?” talk. He continued to spout on about “so and so told me about it,” which I bought … until I came to my senses. The “so and so” was not the person from whom Jake obtained the material. Anyway, I knew I had to write the story because it had not been published before. Also, since I supported Buddy Staigerwald, and since Anna Pearce was on his ticket, I didn’t have much choice.
That, folks, is what they call being between a rock and hard place.
If I sat on the information and Jake lost, my creditability would have been shot. Had the story already been published, Jake’s exit would have been a quick one.
I called both Buddy and Anna and told them what information I had, and they immediately responded with a press announcement explaining the entire situation.
After the election, where 321 votes separated the two in the race, I became angry that I may have been used as a pawn. When word got out that I had some questions for Mr. Mohorovic, he called me.
I began, “Where did you say you got this information that was so important that you had to come to my house with it? You told me ‘so and so’ alerted you to it. How about I give him a call and find out the truth, Jake?”
The response was hard to hear. “No! You can’t do that!” I inquired why not? Mr. Mohorovic responded by admitting that he did not get the information from that “so and so” person. I then asked where it came from and who told him about it? His response was he could not remember.
I challenged him on not being able to remember who told him about this important information—stuff so critical that it became necessary for him to bring it to my house and share it, acting like he had no clue as how to handle it. When I asked again how he uncovered the information, his response again was that he could not remember.
I angrily told him that he’s been in the political game most of his life, yet he could not recall something as important as this. “Who do you think you’re kidding?” I remarked.
However, despite repeatedly asking him for the truth, he could not recall anything.
And then it hit me.
I figured that Mr. Mohorovic knew his closest rival was Anna, and he needed something to neutralize her momentum, thus enhancing his own chances. To that end, he dug this information up on his own, thinking that I would fall for that phony story that he had heard about this from some other candidate.
There’s an old saying that says, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”
I will not be fooled again.
The bottom line is that I backed this man because I thought he had integrity and was forthright and honest. Had he come to me with the truth—that he researched this information himself—there would have been no problem. But to lie to my face repeatedly is reprehensible.
So, I firmly state that this man should not be elected, because I don’t think he can be trusted.
All I ask is that you, my friends, remember that when you go to the polls.