Thomas is off base
Commissioner Lora Thomas is simply incorrect in calling for interim Commissioner Diane Holbert to step down prior to the end of her term in January.
First, Commissioner Holbert was duly elected by the GOP vacancy committee with the understanding that she would complete the entirety of Dave Weaver’s term. Second, there is a matter of ethics to consider. It is disingenuous to place Abe Laydon as a commissioner today so that he is able to run as the incumbent.
Were the Democrats to pull a similar stunt we conservatives would be rightly outraged. We are Republicans and we are better than this type of unprincipled behavior. The right thing to happen is for Holbert to fulfil the will of the vacancy committee. There’s nothing to stop Laydon from spending time with Thomas to begin to understand the role under the assumption that he will claim victory this November.
Finally, it’s another unneeded cost to have an additional vacancy committee effort, not to mention it being difficult to get a quorum together during the summer.
If it’s that Thomas believes that Holbert is doing a poor job as commissioner, then she should come out and detail to the voters the exact reasons why Holbert should be step down. Otherwise, this matter should be closed. It’s a shame that this questionable ethical issue was brought to the public light. We should expect more from our leaders.
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