I certainly enjoyed the conversation on the HOTLINE today with a sibling of former Council candidate Todd DeMar. The insights into the recent campaign were not a surprise, especially the assertion that the Captain's fourth place finish was a success as he contributed mightily to the victory of the Mayor-elect, even though doing so left his own campaign a reversal of the successful primary results.
We all saw that during the campaign and what is true is that Mr. DeMar is a political force with clear influence over a significant number of people. His handling of media was a joy to behold as he dominated the race without spending a dime. The HOTLINE caller affirmed this observation.
What is also clear is that in the end he was a Manchurian candidate, advancing actions and positions not in his immediate best interest but in the interest of others.
Influence is not always obtained by winning elections and the real winner of 2015 may well be the fireman who resumes duties at City Hall tomorrow secure in the knowledge he accomplished what he wanted to this year.
He also can legitimately claim he moved along the Western Boulevard project.
Behind the scenes a force to be sure, with friends in high places...