I’ve got a bee in my bonnet.
This morning I was scrolling though Twitter and one of the local news stations mentioned an upcoming Q&A with India Walton and Byron Brown. Some background:
Brown is the current mayor of Buffalo, where I live. He has been such for many years, and brought great progress to the area. However, despite the fact he’s a democrat, he’s always been the career-politician sort, and that leaves a slight sour taste on my tongue. Then I investigated a little and found a bunch of things he could definitely be doing better with, so when I heard Walton would be challenging him in the primary, I was pleased. New blood, so to speak. She won, and I thought “awesome! Buffalos first woman mayor! What a great stride for the party and city!” But, no.
See, Brown threw a hissy-fit. The man barely even campaigned before the primary, and he was SHOCKED to have lost. But instead of conceding and supporting Walton like he should’ve done, he ran a campaign to get on the ballot. When the courts struck that down, he started a write-in campaign…with a healthy dose of smear, mind you. Now, there are signs on every other lawn in my neighborhood that say “Write Down Byron Brown!” Where were you people during the primary?! My own parents have one on their lawn, not because they are necessarily supporters, but because their landlord put it there, which seems shady to me, frankly. (Sidebar: my cousin G saw it yesterday and said “hey isn’t that guy my mom doesn’t like?” Yes, sweetpea.) Anyway, the whole city is now split Brown/Walton and it’s ridiculous. 1. They’re on the same damn team, and 2. What are you even doing here, Byron? Which brings me to this morning.
So, some newscaster posted a tweet asking what qurestions he should ask the candidates. I only have one, honestly.
Byron-what makes you think you have the right to be an option? You didn’t win it; you don’t deserve it. Dude is doing the same thing “that last guy” did…refusing to concede after a fair election. Maybe, just maybe…we don’t want you anymore.
I wrote before about how the male ego plays a part in this and I stand by that but I think a lot of it is a thirst for power and control. I just can’t imagine it: ”Oh, I lost? Well, I don’t wanna. So I say I didn’t.” That’s not how adults behave, folks. That’s the logic of a child.
Anyway, I can’t wait until election day when India Walton stomps the crap out of Byron Brown. No, that doesn’t seem plausible where I live because South Buffalo is very pro-Byron, but the rest of the city is a different story from what I have seen. I am hopeful…hopeful all these signs were put out by a handful of landlords. Hopeful that Walton can weather the storm Bryon has created for someone from his own party. Hopeful that Brown come to his senses and concedes, though I know that’s the most unlikely outcome of all.