I knew our candidates forum on Monday at the Civic Center would be an interesting one the moment I pulled up to the building. I was driving right behind the automobile of Steve Wright, husband of At-Large City Council challenger Lora Wright, and on his back windshield was one of Lora’s “no cupcake” window decals.
Maybe you’ve seen one of them. We’ve tried to write a story about the decals for The Herald, but no one will talk about them for the record…nevertheless, the story goes that the decals (or “window clings”) – which show a cupcake inside the universal symbol for “none allowed” (a red circle with a line through it), but no words – are the creation of Councilman Steve Brewer, Wright and maybe one or two others as a sign of their disdain for The Herald in general and me in particular. I’ve had numerous calls about them over the last month or two from people who have heard directly from the particulars involved about them. (I’m supposed to be a “cupcake,” owing more to my fluffy build than my sugary disposition, I guess.) You can see the decals on the window of Wright’s jewelry store on Steele Street and on the back of the Wright automobiles and Steve Brewer’s car.
Lora Wright states emphatically that the decal means “no food or drink allowed” in her store, although that doesn’t explain why she and Brewer have them on their cars. I guess they don’t want food or drink there, either. At any rate, Wright told my wife that “lots of people around town” have them, and that she and Brewer both have them because they’re “trying to lose weight.” Hmmm…
Oh. I get it. Hardy-har.
The Herald has taken Brewer to task editorially (that means in editorials, on our opinion page) because of his conduct and practices on the city council (re the business privilege tax, among other things), so this window decal stunt (plus the letters of protest he’s had the city attorney write to my bosses) are his attempt to get back at me, I suppose.
Brewer didn’t say anything at last night’s forum, but his presence was felt during each of the three forums involving the contested races for the city council. You can read Editor Billy Liggett’s blog (http://billyliggett.wordpress.com) for more about that, and about the peculiar goings-on after last night’s forum…which were bizarre indeed, but par for the course in Sanford city politics. I’ve kidded Billy that he’s finally gotten a taste of being “Brewfooted.”
Election Day is three weeks from today. Early voting is going on now. For us at The Herald, now that the forum is history, it’s back to work! First, though, let me finish up this cupcake…