All over but the shouting?

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I had thought that I would wait until the dust had settled before weighing in with commentary on yesterday’s election.  But it seems our never-illustrious current mayor Bryan Baum is saying that “It’s not over yet.”

Baum is refusing to concede the election to mayor-elect Dennis Coombs.  While the difference in votes is small in number (164), it does not fall under the threshold for an automatic recount.

If this recalcitrance were demonstrated by any other candidate, I could understand a “wait and see” attitude.  But this is Bryan Baum, a man who is firmly convinced of his own entitlement, his own rightness, and his own righteousness.  He does not recognize or acknowledge any disgrace at being a pawn or a willing participant in the city takeover by American Tradition Partnership and its “silent” and/or secretive partners and supporters.

Twice ATP inserted itself into Longmont elections (2009 and 2011) to claim ownership of the city.  It succeeded astonishingly in 2009 and somewhat less so in 2011.  Perhaps those more rational elements of Longmont society are beginning to “get it.”  Time will tell.

I can’t imagine that American Tradition Partnership will take their defeat in losing Baum lightly.  I would imagine that phone calls are zipping through lines or the ether as I write this.  Not to give any strategic ideas, for this group never ceases to amaze as to its lies and manipulations, but I also wonder if there aren’t phone calls to Hackstaff Law Group (former law firm of Scott Gessler), if not straight to the Secretary of State’s office, to create some sort of electoral dust-up.

You see, these people don’t play fair.  They never have.  They never will.  Not when money and power are at stake.  The sad aspect of this is that most people in Longmont still cling to the idea that “It can’t happen here.”  It has happened here.  It will continue to happen here because Longmont is pivotal to a radical agenda that knows no bounds and has no moral compass.

In a best case scenario as a result of last night’s election, perhaps all seven (new and old) members of Longmont’s City Council will find their OWN voice.  With Bryan Baum out of the mix, it would be expected that a great deal of bullying and arm twisting and screaming at fellow council members will cease.  Is there someone in waiting to take over this function?  I hope not.  Again, time will tell.

  7 comments for “All over but the shouting?

  1. Christine Beech
    November 2, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    VERY VERY well said: But this is Bryan Baum, a man who is firmly convinced of his own entitlement, his own rightness, and his own righteousness…You see, these people don’t play fair. They never have. They never will. Not when money and power are at stake.
    Nice job Kaye. I hope this doesn’t turn out to be a Betsy Markey/Marilyn Musgrave situation. I hope Baum concedes in a respectful manner

  2. Ruby Bowman
    November 2, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Bryan Baum should move on, accept defeat and become one of us – an ordinary Longmont resident. Sure it will be hard not being fussed over at first, but Mr. Baum will get used to it. He can still attend the council meetings, except that he won’t be sitting in the Mayor’s chair. He’ll be in the audience with the rest of us.

  3. Gregory Iwan
    November 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    Perhaps they can smoke a peace pipe at Council? Nope; smoke-free building. But at least we can begin to truly re-define “civility,” even if we forgot what it was.

  4. Jason Meisel
    November 4, 2011 at 5:00 am

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  5. November 6, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Evans: Election 2011 – Money, whining and temper

    “Baum seemed to relish his 2009 election fight, but every time I heard that he’d blown his top again, I couldn’t help but wonder if he simply didn’t enjoy the actual business of mayoring.”

    Well, he sure didn’t smile much when he was in the mayor’s seat.

  6. November 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm

    Clay Evans showed strength and courage in revealing information about Bryan Baum that had not seen the light of day publicly. This information could have been brought forward before the election by others who instead chose restraint.

    The electon of Dennis Coombs is the beginning of a fresh start for Longmont. The abandonment of the ludicrous St. Vrain County effort is also encouraging.

    It is hoped that American Tradition Partnership will take heed and leave Longmont alone. But I’m not holding my breath. They could continue to work “behind the scenes” and yet take up the financial hurdle of seceding Longmont from Boulder County. Longmont citizens should remain vigilant.

  7. November 8, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Well, now it’s all over and done with. Here’s a commemorative cartoon.

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