It’s pork barrel politics in Flint




 

 

So as I write this, a week ago prior to leaving on a vacation, the race for Flint mayor was beginning to heat up. In fact, it was downright sizzling like bacon, after a pig named Giggles threw her name into the running for the Nov. 9 general election.

No, I’m not using a disrespectful term to describe a candidate. Giggles is indeed a pig and she is running for mayor of Flint. I came across the Giggles’ Facebook page this week and learned of her campaign and I instantly wanted to pack up, move to Flint and vote for the swine. But I quickly came to my senses and decided I will support Giggles from afar.

It turns out Giggles’ owner decided to put the pig out there as a “candidate” as a joke — but also as a statement directed against candidate Wantwaz Davis, who was elected to the Flint City Council last year after serving his time — 20-years in prison — for a second degree murder conviction.

“It started because one of the city council members, who was convicted of murder, announced he was running for mayor,” said Flint Attorney Michael Ewing in his Facebook statement. “I am pretty forgiving, but I am really strongly opposed to murder and think electing a mayor who was convicted of murder sends a bad message about our city.”

A pig, in his opinion (and mine), couldn’t do worse at running the city than some of Flint’s troubled candidates. He also points to Councilman Eric Mays’ conviction for driving his car while drunk on the highway with three flat tires. Oh yeah, and he was driving the WRONG WAY when all this happened, putting lives in danger along I-475.

“Flint deserves better candidates than this,” he said in his statement. “While reading about these people it occurred to me that Giggles would be a more dignified candidate — and I’m right.”

She is, I have to admit. Until Flint voters start putting good people of solid character in charge of their city, people with the city’s best interests at heart and without carrying their own personal baggage into the fray with them, the city isn’t going to get better. It’s not going to continue to pull out of its slump until there aren’t convicted felons and drunk drivers at its helm.

Giggles may be a pig, but she isn’t going to make the city look bad. True, she may like to wallow in mud and probably doesn’t smell great on a daily basis — but she’s a better choice than what’s out there. Why? Because she already has people talking about what’s good in Flint and maybe she’ll inspire good folks to come forward and take the lead in finding ways to fix the city.

Flint now has control of its finances back from the state, but they have a long way to go. It’s time the government there stepped up to the challenge of running the city — not further sullying its name.

Good luck Giggles. Win and we all promise to cut back on bacon — well, maybe just a little. ggould@mihomepaper.com


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