Depending on your frame of mind, election day money can mean something other that what I'm thinking right now. I'm not thinking about the funds that are distributed on election day to get people to the voting booth.
I'm thinking about how much it just cost the taxpayers of Albuquerque, New Mexico, to have a special citywide election to decide a very personal issue, restriction on abortions.
At the same time there was an runoff election in one of the city council districts, which had to happen because there was no winner in the regular municipal election.
Maybe there will be an accounting report someday.
Was it worth it? To some, most certainly. Ad agencies, political consultants and the media who sold them time and space.
So, a group of Albuquerque "leaders" have sent a congratulatory letter to Martin Esquivel, head of the Albuquerque Public Schools Board of Education giving the board props for fast action suspending the Superintendent for doing a stupid thing with Twitter.
Mr. Brooks shouldn't have done what he did. The APS Board was right in suspending.
But, what's wrong here is the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce, Albuquerque Economic Forum, and the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce stating their opinions on this.
Who do they think they are, anyway? Were they coerced into making the statement by people who don't like Mr. Brooks, so it looks like all of Albuquerque is throwing rocks at him?
Winston Brooks was hired to take over the Albuquerque Public Schools and do something that leads to better education for our kids. He's been doing that. It was an entity that needed to be taken over.
What happens? Mr. Brooks stirs the pot, starts making changes, doesn't drink the beverage of choice of The Good Ol' Boys Club (the aforementioned business organizations), and they start piling on. How far will this go?
People I know who know people involved in APS say, although not a saint, Mr. Brooks has made valuable changes.
Good for him.
GACC, AEF, and AHCC - how about doing something about improving the economy?
"Oh,wait, that's hard to do and we don't know how to do that, we'll just sit over here and second guess other's actions. We only want people in our community that we can control, people who open their mouths and let us speak, because we know what's right for this community."
No wonder we're where we are today!
When the dust has settled over this tweeter, and with Mr. Brooks personal health and his professional well being is in check, will those same organizations say, we like what you're doing, keep making changes. Or will they continue to throw rocks because he doesn't play in their sandbox?