There is an old political saying that comes down through the ages from ancient Greece.
“When you win, you are magnanimous in victory. When you lose, you are magnanimous in defeat.
The mayor won another term last Tuesday but when all was said and done, when he had delivered his victory speech in front of a large crowd of supports, he was not magnanimous in victory.
In fact, he used the victory platform to criticize those who were not with him, and to threaten the Leader Herald (the Wednesday newspaper) and the city clerk (sand baggers) with retribution.
The mayor said exactly: “I raised a lot of money and I’m going to go after a lot of people.”
At a time when the FBI is believed to be looking into the mayor’s alleged real estate deal with the city clerk – the city clerk denies the mayor was ever his partner – the mayor used his victory platform to threaten his perceived enemies.
“Not good timing for the mayor to say such a thing,” said a prominent trial attorney who wished to remain unnamed.