Upon listening to one go on and on when a simple “yes” or “no” would suffice; one often thinks of the phrase, “Thou dost protest too much”. Such was the case last night at the Pocomoke City Council meeting when Council member Diane Downing emphatically denied being associated with any decision to terminate the former Chief of Police. She went so far as to interrupt another who held the floor and then even denied knowing any of the many reasons why the Mayor and Council took these actions.
Perhaps it was a brain cramp…or selective amnesia…but with all due respect madam, “Where were you when the meeting was conducted and you voted ‘no’?” While all other council members listened and reviewed the situation, were you out to lunch? Daydreaming? Texting the chief?
No sir! Miss Diane had no problem distancing herself from her colleagues, while feigning contempt, all along knowing the multitude of problems associated with the former chief. To say you “disagree” with an action taken can always be respected, but to lie against the truth and deny any knowledge is reprehensible…even if you are playing to your church Sunday school crowd. The city and your district deserve better from you…even if you did not like the outcome.
For that, Ms. Downing earns herself 5 Pinocchio’s from the staff here at SBY News.
Note to the former chief: Instead of hiding behind your seemingly false charge of racism, how about you and your attorney provide a release to the city so the Mayor and Council could release any and all information concerning your termination? Perhaps we would all see how much nonsense and corruption actually lurks in the wake you left in the city...especially since you say there is “nothing there” and you “have no idea” why you were fired. Really chief? Really?