Oh, well. So much for what I wrote in yesterday’s if you really want better city government, Key West … post on what could be done with Truman Waterfront that would be a bonanza for the city government and the people of Key West.
I drove down to Key West yesterday, to see the new Transformers movie. I wondered driving down if the transformers theme was in play in my life. Arriving at the box office, I saw Chief Assistant Attorney Manny Madruga. He said he’d been out of town. He asked if I was running for anything this year?
Yeah, people tell me to run. Yeah, people tell me I have great ideas. Yeah, Todd German, Chairman of Hometown! PAC, tells me onging that I bring something to races and candidate forums no other candidates bring. So what? Did anything I ever brought to races or candidate forums ever get put into play? Help me here. Maybe I’m missing something. I don’t believe I am, but maybe I missed something.
Along similar lines, this email exchange the other day with a fellow I sometimes call The Sultan, for reasons he earned. It took him a while to come up with a retort, which is the name he sometimes calls me.
I am not running for anything from Little Torch. As I have been lamenting in posts, it seems I will be running for Mayor of Key West again, meaning I will move back down there to do it.
Yours is excellent advice for anyone running for office, unless that someone is me.
I am no where near convinced yet that my Campaign Advisers ever intended I would get elected. I am pretty near convinced my Campaign Advisers make me run for office to give me a bigger pulpit in which to hold forth, make a fool of myself, or an ass, depending on perspectives in the viewing audience. I was trained to be a priest, not a politician. I imagine I have about as much chance of being a politician as a horse as of being a pig, and vice versa. Maybe God is testing Key West, since it is so very far out there relative to other places in America. Maybe God is testing Key West to see if it really believes its creed: One Human Family.
Whatever, you have never been to a candidate forum and seen and heard me field questions. If you had done that, you would know I give better and more sensible answers than any other candidates. I give answers that actually will benefit the city and county, as if they are business entities trying to make ends meet and even a profit. That might shock you to hear, but it’s the truth, and it’s just not me saying it. I get told that a lot, hard to believe as that might be for you to accept. I also suggest zero-to-low cost strategies for bringing more visitors, thus more revenues, to this locale.
Besides a practical, no-nonsense business outlook, I am a columnist, novelist, poet, artist and, so to speak, street comedian. I fit right into that very substantial segment of Key West. I understand them, am sympathetic to their craft and how truly important it is to the heart and soul of Key West. I have zero prejudice against gays, as the gays in Key West who know me will readily attest. I get along as well with black people as with white people. I get along as well with Spanish people, as with Gringos. I get along as well with Europeans and Asians, as with Americans. I have traveled a good bit of this world, and a good bit of America. My thinking and outlook is renaissance, expansive.
The saving grace for me, when I ponder the frightening thought of actually getting elected, a psychotic thought process, given the zero odds of it happening, the mayor’s term is only two years. I would not have to put up with the strain and hassle past that, and the people of Key West would be rid of me just as quickly, if not sooner, depending on various uncertainties, including natural and man-made causes.
Never in my wildest dreams did I figure I would run for office again, when I ran against George Neugent last year. Just goes to show what a dunce prophet I am.
Potentate, but of what?
I imagine more than a few people have some thoughts on that. As do I.