This was just the opportunity that many had been waiting for. Everyone knows that Mike Parkinson is a shoo-in, and will be Granite City's next mayor. But, that sure didn't stop the sharks, they smelled blood and started circling.
Mr. Cohen has a good heart and the best of intentions. As we all know, that's just not enough to get you elected as Mayor. He lacks the education and knowledge of local government and experience. All of these facts are fairly obvious, but you have to at least give this man a little respect for at least stepping up to try.
It's just disappointing to see people with far more experience and education take advantage of this opportunity to spotlight his shortcomings with a barrage of questions and facts that they are very aware are above this man's knowledge.
I very much appreciate that Mr. Parkinson does not take part in this, but he doesn't really need to. There are several who anxiously line up to take their shot at this man, and it's simply uncalled for. First being an ex-village trustee that is far more educated and experienced, and my respect and admiration of this man decreases with every exchange he has with Mr. Cohen on this page. It's sad to see.
Then you have a few good samaritans waiting in the wings to jump in with an occasional jab, even over something as petty as this man making the mistake of actually having the gall to use Scotch Tape to hang campaign literature to his "new front porch screen door". Honestly, can you imagine the amount of damage that Scotch Tape must have done! You read that right, not book tape, not Gorilla tape, but Scotch Tape, the very same tape that sometimes struggles to hold my wrapping paper together at the seams. Yes, Mr. Matt Jones, you just lost my vote over that remark. If you're that easily offended, you have no business serving the city in any capacity.
All of these people, including Matt Jones could have just as easily thanked this man for volunteering his time and efforts for running for Mayor, and for the most part just not engage in any conversation, but instead felt the need to take the low road. This situation is like shooting fish in a barrel and I sure thought these people were above this behavior. Politics, local or otherwise, bring out the worst in people, and this is a prime example of that!