Tom Smillie, a candidate for Puyallup City Council, was understandably irked by an editorial last week describing him as “temperamentally unfit” for the council.
We were concerned about his loud role in a wild council meeting in 2009. Smillie called us after the editorial appeared and explained why he flew off the handle that night; to his credit, he also acknowledged that he’d gone too far.
I asked him to send a note I could post here to explain his side of the dispute. Here goes:
My outburst came after a few council members brought up a district line change that would have put one of my council members out of his district, I would have to have been speaking at public comment time of two minutes that comes after public hearings are opened as opposed to citizens comments that come at the first part of council meetings I was upset that some council members were presenting boundary lines that they had come up with and were ignoring two staff drawn maps that did not remove Mr. Dill from his district if he chose to run for another term.
The classic word is gerrymandering and that is what I called their move to change boundary lines to remove George from his district. My tone was over the top and condemning of their actions, but I was not threatening to do any physical harm to anyone, but I made it clear that if they followed through with and redistricted George out of his area, I would march to the soles of my feet were bloodied to get them unelected.
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