Saturday, June 14, 2008

The Slippery Slope of Sam


"Character is destiny."

Frances Bula's full page piece in the Sun today - THE ANATOMY OF SAM SULLIVAN'S DOWNFALL - makes excellent newspaper reading.

It is unnecessarily kind and it avoids the central issue.

Sullivan has famously said that he wants to stomp on his opponent's throats. Well he deserves an equal post mortem.

One of my friends who has known Sullivan for over 30 years says this.

"Sam is a case of arrested development. He is a bitterly angry teen-ager who stopped growing emotionally when he had his skiing accident at the age of 19. He is not only totally self-absorbed, he is utterly disrespectful of others with differing opinions."

I can tell you personally that on two occasions, one private and one very public, Sullivan infuriated me with his lunatic and destructive ideas on "helping" drug addicts and I started hollering at him. You know what his reactions were in both instances?

He was smiling broadly.

He loves to get you in any way he can.

And that is the single reason why he was the worst mayor in Vancouver history, and why any Ladner, Louie or Robertson will be an automatic improvement.

1 comment:

PelaLusa said...

Reading your words from Sunny Seattle ... and both my mom and I agree with you WHOLEHEARTEDLY! She added, "He's never had such a good job and figured the Sun Gods had blessed him in perpetuity." Not a bright thing to assume in Rainy Vancouver!