I too, once had a telephone and Email acquaintance with Jean Robb — it doesn't seem to have been anywhere nearly as close or enduring a relationship as Jeff describes his. That is at least partly due to my feeling of repugnance engendered by her contentious and abrasive manner and her regressive (way out of date) attitudes toward social issues.
Like some who supported Jean when she ran for office, in this century and in the last, Jeff can still bring forward such kind and sweet words for the motives and conduct of a person whose performance is clearly marked by a belief — a belief that being nasty and dirty, and everything that that implies such as lack of integrity and fairness, ruthlessness, dishonesty, deceit, vindictiveness, and meanness as well as a Machiavellian approach to governing — all attributes shared by a true misanthropist — justifies the trust of the people enough to get her elected.
So it has been. Rather than proceeding as one elected to serve as a commission member with a ceremonial role in accordance with the city charter, she has behaved like an anointed despot with all of those characteristics that we’ve listed. Fortunately her conduct was moderated by a diligent city manager, by the Broward County Inspector General and by city commissioners. CHAOS checked.
Robb has supporters/fellow travelers. Each time that some of them speak or write, we are struck by the fact that they seem to see life through a straw — far narrower than tunnel vision with eyes that see but do not observe, ears that hear but do not listen.
Add to this, tongues that express respect for the words of naive and credulous sheep who venerate a shepherd — skilled but flawed but fail to speak to an issue at hand.
I have much respect for Jeff, but I cannot condone giving that woman a "Queen's pass' any more than I would give a pass to the conniving of any such person. There is no end to the chicanery to which we've been and are exposed in our town.
Vermin cannot be controlled with sweet words. They respond to kindness as a weakness. Vermin must be — nullified — defanged, quarantined where they cannot pollute with their poison. Then, we can be merciful FROM A DISTANCE.