George Rebane: Don’t resign, Ms. Senum
The Union’s headline read ‘Reinette Senum: ‘I will not resign.’” Well good for her, she has the courage of her convictions and the determination to represent her constituency — the people who voted for her.
While I take great exception to Reinette Senum’s grossly uninformed assertion that the nation’s police “have obviously been given directives to go out there and kill. It’s insane and it’s meant to create mayhem.” Holding that belief and stating it publicly should not be grounds for requiring an elected public official to resign.
It may be one of the few honest statements politicians have made in this election season.
I have known Reinette for years and have enjoyed working with her on panels and local media broadcasts. We have broken bread together and taken the time to trade views and ideas. While as a conservetarian I don’t fly in tight formation with her politics and many of her public policies, I do respect her as a strong and energetic voice for a significant and perhaps dominant constituency of Nevada City neighbors who have visibly celebrated her many works in the community. Today she again represents these people in city government.
We live in a democratic republic in which citizens get to decide the politics and policies of their representatives. And running unopposed in Nevada City, Reinette was nevertheless elected to serve on the City Council by over 1,000 voters. It is these people she represents, and they deserve to have their representative seated and serving their best interests.
In our form of governance it is not for those in other jurisdictions to judge and remove those for whom Nevada City voted.
Since we have not heard an outcry from Ms. Senum’s constituents asking for her resignation or demanding her recall because she misrepresented herself to them, we can reasonably presume that her stated sentiments also represent those who voted for her. The only voices that should matter in this affair should be those of Reinette’s constituents.
In America it is not a crime for one cohort of citizens to hold views, whether or not politically correct, that disagree with those of others even if they are the majority. In our land diverse and minority viewpoints should also be heard, and they should also be represented in public offices as the laws allow. Hang in there, Reinette.
George Rebane lives in Nevada City.
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