May
31

Robin Cape Won’t Run For Reelection

By

From Councilwoman’s Cape Facebook page:

How the path will unfold before one if you take the time to rest and listen and look…. I am not going to run for another term on council and know that my work for helping create a more sustainble future for us all is opening up ahead of me….thanks for all the support. I still have 7 months on council ahead and will work hard while there!

Comments

  1. Paul -V- says:

    Well, nuts. She’s going to be missed.

  2. Charles says:

    Publishing this as news is not “cool”.

    It’s hard to be the one in the fish bowl and running for office can be very hard, but at the end of the day – we all have to live here together.

    When I ran for and held office…. my dog was shot (pellets), I received threatening letters, I received threatening phone calls about my children, I had feces placed in my mail box and so much more.

    Maybe, just maybe it is time we stopped all of this.

  3. Gordon Smith says:

    Charles,

    I’m a friend of Robin’s, and I waited with the news until she made it public.

    She told a number of people and sent out an email to supporters with the news. I posted it only after she made a public statement about it.

    I also saw the news on Twitter before posting this.

    I was hoping to have the chance to serve with Councilwoman Cape as I believe she’s helped the city make important strides towards a more sustainable Asheville.

    So I guess I’m not sure why this post would elicit such a strong response.

  4. Charles says:

    Gordon,

    I understand all that and she had already told me as well. But, the part worth mentioning was/is her decision not to run – no need to use her fb post as a quote. It may seem like a small difference now, but unfortunately I suspect you will feel differently after you have been all the way through the election process.

    My comment was not intended to be an attack, but to perhaps show why some elected folks might not appreciate such a thing – they go through a great deal behind the scenes. And, I realize that you did not quote her fb page to be mean or ugly. I just feel that if we ever get to the point that fb posts become quoted as news, those folks who are serving have lost yet another form of informal communication and they will be forced to scrutinized every single comment to make certain it won’t be misinterpreted by the masses. I’m not exactly sure how it is at the municipal level, but I suspect that by the time the election is held, you will have unfortunately lost a great deal of your normal life to the process and you will savor parts you have not.

    Perhaps contrasted another way, one Councilman has a down right horrible reputation for forwarding e-mails written for/toward one group of people to every person he can find. His example is not one we should follow!

    All the best,

    Charles

  5. Gordon Smith says:

    Thanks for talking more about that, Charles.

    It sounds like you would have preferred I simply post the fact that she’s not running rather than use her own words from a social networking site.

    Quoting someone’s Facebook page on a blog is perfectly acceptable, I reckon, so long as the intent is not to harass. Intent’s hard to measure from a distance, so I can imagine how someone could be a real problem.

    The fact of the matter is that social networking sites are public forums, not private living rooms. When we post our thoughts for all the world to see, we ought not be surprised when the world mentions they’ve seen them.

    —–

    But back to the meat and potatoes of the thing, what are your thoughts about Robin’s decision?

  6. Doug Gibson says:

    My impression four years ago was that she saw herself as a candidate representing a movement-the choice of progressive activists and organizations who had worked to elect Patsy Keever and John Kerry, and then turned to creating change at the local level.

    I never got the impression that she was entering politics as a prolonged career; rather, that she was doing it simply out of a desire to serve what she saw as the public good. Which she then proceeded to do, in spades.

    I’m not surprised by this announcement. I guess the question is whether the same folks who helped her run will work to elect someone else who isn’t Robin Cape.

  7. Tim Peck says:

    “Robin Cape tells the Mtn. X why she’s not running.”

    Now THAT’S news.

  8. Gordon Smith says:

    I can’t tell if you’re joking or not, Tim.

  9. thedj says:

    I don’t write anything on my social networking accounts that I wouldn’t want on the front page of a newspaper as the old saying goes. Facebook, Twitter etc. fair game for public comment.

  10. Arratik says:

    I’m with thedj on this one. Google has a very long memory, as does the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. For example:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20061111033936/www.brainshrub.com/shuler/showthread.php?tid=29

    “Given that it is hard to push a piece of paper between Shuler’s and Taylor’s views on several major issues, and despite my deep disgust with Taylor, I believe I will vote for Chain Saw Charlie.” – Cecil Bothwell, 7/7/2006

  11. Tim Peck says:

    I can’t tell if you’re joking or not, Tim.

    Oh, I was joking. I’m always joking. Actually, I was responding to your recent tweets.

    More actual news: http://snipr.com/jakn9

  12. barry says:

    Enough about Charles. How is this news from Robin about me?

  13. Arratik says:

    Dave – that would be Charles Thomas, former NC state rep (R-116). More about him here:

    http://scrutinyhooligans.us/2008/01/01/sayonara-charles-thomas/

  14. RHS says:

    I’m with thedj on this one. Google has a very long memory, as does the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. For example:

    http://web.archive.org/web/20061111033936/www.brainshrub.com/shuler/showthread.php?tid=29

    “Given that it is hard to push a piece of paper between Shuler’s and Taylor’s views on several major issues, and despite my deep disgust with Taylor, I believe I will vote for Chain Saw Charlie.” – Cecil Bothwell, 7/7/2006

    *****

    Thanks Arratik,

    This statement will be taken into consideration when I head to the voting booth later this year.

  15. Thanks Arratik! Selective quotes are what they are.

    In my own defense, I’d add that I have undoubtedly said some rash things from time to time, and if you rummage through the 300+ Google results on my name you may well find a few other gems. But let’s look at this one in context. (And note that I ended up voting for Shuler, twice.)

    Taylor arguably committed indictable crimes. The basis of my suggestion to vote for Taylor was that he would never be indicted once out of office. I was projecting a Democratic majority after the 2006 election might put him in jail. (Okay, I’m an optimist.) I believe I am correct. Taylor will probably never be indicted for bank fraud and other felonies which witnesses have alleged during court hearings.

    But I was also upset at the time I wrote that comment because I didn’t like the idea of Washington Dems choosing a candidate for NC District 11. Particularly when I discovered the Shuler had been registered as a Republican in Tennessee, rarely voted, and campaigned for very conservative Republicans there, even calling the fairly conservative Lamar Alexander “too liberal.”

    I don’t think my ire at the national party was unjustified in the moment. But I never delete my past comments from my own blogs, and I’m comfortable being fairly judged on my whole record.

  16. Reading on in that same post I see that I took a swipe at Patsy Keever, too, based on my perception that she had caved to the Washington establishment during her 2004 run for Congress.

    I’m happy to report that we had a one-to-one meeting yesterday and Patsy fully understands where I was coming from back then, though she told me she was hurt by my criticisms. She described how she was run-over by the Washington handlers, who directed her advertising and pushed her to refrain from public comment on issues they regarded as too hot to touch. I apologized for my sometimes prickly barbs and observed that I’m more aware now of the tremendous pressures a candidate faces (based on my candidacy for much lower-key municipal offices).

    (Walk a mile in their shoes, you know.)

    Patsy then endorsed me for Council, without reservation, and donated to my campaign`—support for which I am very grateful.

  17. This may be the last Asheville City Council election in which I will vote!

    my .02:

    Gordon, Cecil and Mumpower (he’s about the only GOP candidate left for Republicans to vote for)

    I’ll most likely vote for Gordon and Cecil, but I may vote for the Mumps just so you all will get 4 more years of Mumisms;)

  18. oops, I meant to post this on the other thread about CC

  19. Charlie says:

    Here’s the out-of context quote:

    “Given that it is hard to push a piece of paper between Shuler’s and Taylor’s views on several major issues, and despite my deep disgust with Taylor, I believe I will vote for Chain Saw Charlie.” – Cecil Bothwell, 7/7/2006

    Here’s the actual quote:

    “Given that it is hard to push a piece of paper between Shuler’s and Taylor’s views on several major issues, and despite my deep disgust with Taylor, I believe I will vote for Chain Saw Charlie. A Dem controlled congress might just be able to put him where he belongs. Behind bars.” – Cecil Bothwell, 7/7/2006

  20. Arratik says:

    Taylor arguably committed indictable crimes. The basis of my suggestion to vote for Taylor was that he would never be indicted once out of office. I was projecting a Democratic majority after the 2006 election might put him in jail. (Okay, I’m an optimist.) I believe I am correct. Taylor will probably never be indicted for bank fraud and other felonies which witnesses have alleged during court hearings.

    *Might* put him in jail. Going all in with your life savings when you’re holding a six-high hand *might* also net you a handsome payoff.

    The words “reckless irresponsibility” come to mind.

  21. Charlie says:

    “reckless irresponsibility”?

    Pretty harsh. What’s with the hostility toward Cecil? Gordon, aren’t you concerned about these attacks when you are so widely known as the owner of this blog?

  22. Arratik says:

    Charlie – I’ll give you five bucks if you can find Gordon’s name anywhere on this link.

    http://www.networksolutions.com/whois-search/scrutinyhooligans.us

  23. Michael Muller says:

    Oh my.

  24. Gordon Smith says:

    Charlie,

    I’ve been defending myself in these comments for five years now.

    While I don’t share Arratik’s opinions, it’s hardly my place to control them.

    And, perhaps most importantly, it’s just a blog!

  25. Gordon Smith says:

    And, Arratik, I didn’t realize that Haywood Jablome was our Technical Contact. That guy works his face off.