Friday, November 15, 2013

Wait for Rosemary: An Open Letter to (Toronto Mayor) Rob Ford

Dear Mayor Ford,

Greeting from Austin Texas; I have a polite suggestion for how you should deal with the lynch mob calling for your resignation.

Announce that you will resign when Rosemary Lehmberg does.

Your drunken conduct was in poor taste and ill-advised, but you never attempted to abuse your office the way Rosemary Lehmberg did.  You never endangered anyone but yourself, and you never told Police officers to call another public official to get you out of jail.  That's a major difference.

Austin was pleased to welcome you last month; you can repay Austin by putting your conduct in proper context, compared to Rosemary Lehmberg.

What you did was bad, and you probably should resign.  But Rosemary Lehmberg, who endangered innocent people then attempted to abuse her office to cover up her actions, did something much worse.  I encourage you to use your unique position to hammer this point.

Adam Cahn
Austin, TX
November, 15 2013

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