Monday, July 31, 2017

“I do believe that my constituents. . .”? Whose constituents? A muddled, confusing quote in the Post today.

Who exactly is representing the “constituents” in District 1?

Briefly, here’s the definition of a constituent vis-à-vis politics and political representation:
“voter in a district represented by an elected official.”
However, if you read what the Post beat reporter wrote today (see excerpt below) — and you didn’t know any better — you would be very, very confused today.

Here is our “current” City Commission.
When you visit the City’s website, Scott Maxwell (on left) is the District 1 commissioner and also the vice mayor on the Lake Worth City Commission.

Now read this latest quote from the beat reporter, does this make any sense?

     Sarah Parr-Malega, vice president at The Zoo Gym, said she hasn’t done enough research on the issue [of medical marijuana dispensaries].
     “It lies in the hands of our current commission,” Parr-Malega said. “I do believe that my constituents [emphasis added] have all the power to respond to residents’ concerns.”

“I do believe that my constituents. . .?” Whose constituents? Starting to get confused about now?

When you visit the City’s “Municipal Election” page, the District 1 candidates are Sarah Malega and Scott Maxwell. Maxwell is the incumbent and Malega is the challenger.

Who is quoted by the beat reporter saying,

“I do believe that my constituents have all the power to respond to residents’ concerns”?

Question: Is the reporter quoting Scott Maxwell or Sarah Malega? Is the reporter presupposing Malega already won the election on March 13th, 2018? Maybe have the election victory party this week and get it over with?

We haven’t even gotten to the Qualifying Period yet! That doesn’t begin until November 28th. Maybe tomorrow this will all be clarified for the public. But don’t count on it.

Remember, it’s now officially the Silly Season.

No comments: