Motecuzoma Sanchez served his country as a U.S. Marine. He’s engaged in his community. And his Facebook Page is a lively community forum.
For instance, Sanchez raised valid questions about the qualifications of the new head of the Office for Violence Prevention. And he had the integrity (or foresight) in that post to disclose that he applied for the job.
But another reason his page is so lively is that Sanchez is hopelessly contentious. He’s always fussing and feuding. Take his online attacks on Council member Michael Tubbs, or his appearance at the council last night, as reported in this story.
“Sanchez said he does not support the mayor but suggested Silva would have faced stringent discipline from the council if he had been arrested for DUI.
“Close your eyes and imagine if this was Anthony Silva,” Sanchez said.
OK … I’m closing my eyes. I see a mayor that came into office with no substantial agenda, who insulted the council, who destroyed decorum at council meetings, who has been investigated (but not charged) for sex crimes, who runs with a crowd of weirdos, who bungles things, who is often absent, who is still trying to undermine incumbents, who to this day has not accomplished anything.
Now I see Tubbs, whose whose intellectual firepower and fundamental reforms I sketched in this column.
Given the radical disparity between the two I can see why the council might take a different stance toward admonishing Tubbs. I’m not saying they should not; that is the council’s call. I’m saying there is a good argument for different responses. The situation is analogous to a judge faced with a first-time offender who is an outstanding community citizen and a repeat offender who is a drag on everyone.
That is the ethical logic. But I believe such logic takes a back seat with Sanchez because — for reasons unknown to me — he has “fixed bayonets” against Tubbs.
It seems clear that he would do the same to his colleagues if elected to office. To put it another way, no jarhead gets to be a general without a streak of diplomacy.