Think of what life might be like with the “Turner Tong” removed from the council beginning in January 2012. Life could become banal and boring.
It is no secret that Turner has removed herself from future political races due to a long list of scandals which would be impossible for even her most die-hard followers to accept. Brouillet could not fumble through a council meeting without her seeing-eye dog to cue up every word of each memorable flubbed motion or report. Martineau is another comic act that can’t be missed. She tries so hard to throw her weight around and bully her constituents, never to be deterred by the truth or facts.
Boyle is playing his own game trying to formulate his base for a run at the mayor’s position earlier than scheduled. The beneficiary of 11th hour dirty tricks in the last campaign, he too like Turner can also manipulate the rules as mayor to solidify his chances of re-election in 2013. He needs Martineau and Palmer elected as his base to negate the Hansen-Knutsen citizen-friendly coalition.
So, the election later this year could be considered a referendum on Puyallup Council and City Hall’s future for some time to come. The choice is simple. A continuation of the status quo with Boyle replacing Turner as its dictator who rules in defiance of public good (supported by a cadre of Turner hand picked potted plants). Or does the public prefer a set of individuals who will serve the public’s best interest rather than their own.
The right choices will hopefully make 2012 very sedate to local political junkies. A Boyle-Martineau-Palmer-Pasquier bloc would make the era of $100M of unapproved debt, “Subway Towers”, landfill settlements, bogus real estate transactions, misguided lost litigation and other deplorable incidents, seem like the good-ole-days.
Banal and boring would be preferred.