So the big story back in Newfoundland today isn't this (alleged) scumbag turning himself in to face child porn charges or even this scumbag declaring bankruptcy even after bilking the public for hundreds of thousands of dollars.
No, the big story is this scumbag strutting around like cock of the walk over the stupidest method of deciding an election I've ever seen.
For those of you not familiar with Newfoundland geography, Paradise can be described one of two ways:
1. A thriving community just outside St. John's located in the northeast Avalon.
2. A subdivision with delusions of grandeur that really ought to be part of St. John's.
I tend to lean towards the later, but that shouldn't be a surprise given the name of this blog.
Anyway, Paradise had their municipal elections on Tuesday. And in a bit of a shocker Kurtis Coombs beat out incumbent Ralph Wiseman for the mayor's race. The reason it's a shocker is that Coombs is only 19 years old and was, I believe, all set up to be the youngest mayor in Canadian history. Even beating out Steve Kent when he became mayor of Mount Pearl (see description above description of Paradise) and who is now enjoying a thriving career as a Tory backbench MHA trying to suck up for a cabinet position.
So yes, happy news all the way around for Coombs. Except he won by three votes. And Mr. Wiseman certainly has the right to challenge that and ask for a recount. But it also helps that in interviews right after the election he comes across as a sore loser and a bit of a prick.
Recount happens and....it's a tie! And what does the Newfoundland and Labrador Municipalities Act say should happen in the event of a tie? That both names are tossed into an envelope (actually, in this case, apparently it was a recycling bin. Because this story needs to get stupider), and the winning name is drawn. And Wiseman wins.
Wiseman is all kinds of damned in all of this. I mean, it never should have come to this, really. Wiseman and Coombs should have agreed beforehand that in the event of a tie - which there was obviously a real chance - that they didn't want the name from an envelope (or recycling bin) option. That they wanted to talk to Municipal Affairs and see if a run-off election could happen instead. Because drawing a name from an envelope is a pretty shitty way to decide an election.
But no. And I obviously wasn't there, but I'm betting that even if that option wasn't presented, Wiseman wouldn't have went for it. He had a 50/50 chance with the envelope. One gets the feeling given his comments and the fact that people liked the story of a 19 year old being a mayor, he would have lost in a run-off.
As it stands he's pretty damned anyway. People loathe the way this was settled. Wiseman appears unjustly cocky about the whole thing. And it's likely going to end up as a judicial recount. And even if Wiseman manages to hold on to the mayor's chair, he's going to have a brutal term. Talk about no one respecting him.
Wiseman should fall on his sword and end this. He won't, of course. Instead, this will only get more farcical before it's all over. Hard to believe, what with a recycling bin being used to break a tie in an election, but I'm sure it will.
1. Paperback writer - The Beatles*
2. Because - The Beatles
3. Unbound - Robbie Robertson
4. Wicked come winter - Matt Mays and El Torpedo
5. The night is still young - Billy Joel