Throughout history, the only thing uglier than the lust for power is the lust to remain in power. At some point you have to put the future of the city above all other considerations. This city does not need another long, protracted, recount marathon. What it needs is a new start which can only come with a new mayor. You may believe that it’s not your fault, but now, it is your obligation to let your city heal.
Perhaps nothing could be a more noble testament to your tenure as mayor as your leaving of it. And then we can all say that you did the right thing for all the right reasons. And that, I know, would make John Buckley truly proud.
Michael J. Early