Hard to know where to begin.
School board member Mike Guessford is found guilty of ethical violations and then gets
Jerry DeWolf, chair of the Republican Central Committee, posts on social media
encouraging Hunter Biden to commit suicide. (DeWolf still doesn’t believe that Joe
Biden is the President, despite the law, Congress, and the American people deciding
Then there’s the example from the not-too-distant past that ex-County Commissioners
Woody Spong and LeRoy Myers are shamed from office after being accused of sexual
Now, first-term Commissioner Cort Meinelschmidt makes the motion and votes to fund
his very own downtown business – currently under construction – to receive taxpayer
dollars earmarked for struggling county restaurants. Meinelschmidt should return the
money immediately—and apologize to the taxpayers.
Applying for a business that hasn’t even opened defeats the purpose of the relief, which is
intended to keep existing businesses running during the pandemic. Countless small business owners have had to make the difficult decision to permanently close their doors because they can’t afford to continue operating. Voting to pad your own pocket, as Commissioner Meinelschmidt has done, is why ethics laws were written in the first place.
Absolute power corrupts absolutely. And, without accountability and a more balanced
government, Washington County’s Republican Party leaders continue on their road to
All county residents are equal, but some feel they are more equal than others.
We can and should change the path forward and choose a more ethical and just direction for our county.
Step one: give back the money.