That would be the Norfolk City Council, save councilman Tommy Smiegel. I may have to go back to referring to them as the seven bumps on a log.
In an article today, Smigiel, in his first term on council and a contributor to this blog, stands alone in wanting his colleagues to pursue some kind of action against Councilman Paul Riddick in the wake of the revelation of the latter’s tax problems. There isn’t anything stopping them:
City Attorney Bernard A. Pishko said the council is free to adopt a resolution on any issue it wishes, including one that expresses no confidence in another member.
The editorial board piles on with this piece, although I think the headline is misleading: in order to lose one’s voice, you had to have had one in the first place. But they make an important point here:
A member of Norfolk’s governing body continues to serve under the shadow of federal action with not one voice raised to criticize or even question his ability to do so.
That’s not just ignoring the elephant in the room. It’s giving silent approval to its presence.
Yep. Sorta what I said earlier.
The problem is that Norfolk suffers from a lack of leadership, a point I’ve tried to make in previous op-eds (1, 2). “Leadership is action, not position,” said Donald H. McGannon, a point with which I wholeheartedly agree.
At some point, Norfolk voters are going to realize that we’ve (mostly) not elected leaders.