Today's statement by Councilwoman Burns is certainly appropriate as you should say something and there is a need to feed the beast before you shut up and await the disposition of the legal case.
I fully support her efforts to address the circumstances that led to this and am sure she has the fortitude to do so.
Having said that, as I told the reporter who called today asking for my response to her statement....how many other employers and coworkers of people arrested for DWI have you called today ? How many others have the media lead the charge to see about someone losing a job over something like this ?.
Politically, Ms. Burns will always live with the paragraph about the event and the file photo of the booking shot....There is an obvious glee in some pursuits of these stories that serve as parables about the failings of all of us and the moral certitude of others.
It is different for a "public figure", but make no mistake...when you are entertained by the travails of the electeds there are lots of others for whom such news of arrests, marital nastiness, back child support and bankruptcies are never told or downplayed because someone felt such things are not relevant.
I learned that early on in the news business when I was waiting in the usual spot to get a perp walk of the son of a prominent person....The suspect was taken in through a basement entrance...No film at eleven for me.
Conversely, the media also protects some and not others.
It's the modern equivalent of shaming...of putting some in the stocks and throwing rotten fruit at them. The consolation is the attention will soon shift to someone else.
City Councilwoman Roxanne M. Burns