Now that challenger D.J. Johnson has withdrawn his election challenge, some thank-yous are in order.
- Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for taking both the right and the high road by withdrawing your challenge. While I had significant and ongoing concerns with the process, I am encouraged by your choice. You noted that the outcome of the challenge, especially if it were a coin toss followed by a lawsuit, would create a “circus” in your home town. I think a more accurate, albeit more pungent, term would be “shitshow.” (At least circuses can sometimes be enjoyable.) It would have dragged on for months, caused wrangling and splits across the district, and been a distraction from the actual work of governing. You said you did this for the good of the people of your district, and I choose to believe you. Thank you for your choice.
- Thank you, Leslie McCarty and the Daviess County Board of Elections, for your thorough and professional recount. Your final report is both clear and detailed, and shows the thought and effort you put into making the recount as fair and as accurate as possible, in a very difficult and intense situation. Kudos to you and to all the persons who helped with the recount; you demonstrated citizen-led, bipartisan democracy for the rest of us to emulate.
- Thank you, Anna and Pierce Whites, for taking on the Glenn case pro bono, and doing such a solid job of it. In full disclosure, I should note that Anna Whites is a friend. Nevertheless, the work she and her husband did on this case, the briefs they filed, and the legal arguments they put forth, struck this lay person as both legally sound and very compelling. The fact that such a competent legal effort was put forth pro bono, while the Whites had other cases to work on, shows a passion for honoring the democratic process and our commonwealth that is admirable and valuable. Thank you for all the good work you did.
- And finally, thank you, Jim Glenn. Through this entire process you have maintained a calm, professional demeanor. Even though you had every right to be angry about the challenge, you kept your focus on the work, and let your lawyers take care of the challenge. Now that it’s over, you can serve your constituents without distraction.