Editor’s note: As per UCW policy, Mayor Quinn was offered the chance to respond and declined.
Last week, Mayor John Quinn questioned the hidden agenda of the Indian Trail town council with respect to town law enforcement services. This has been a repetitive theme Quinn has been rigidly fixated upon for the past 1 ½ years. If council members vote to study the police issue, then it’s interpreted by Quinn as carte blanch proof of their intent to form an independent town police force. If the council decides, instead, to table the issue and concentrate its energies on the preferences of town residents, as reflected in the recent Indian Trail citizen survey, then that’s also “proof” of the council’s ill intent. No matter what the council does, it is always secretly plotting against Quinn and his personal agenda.
Mr. Quinn has repetitively depicted himself to the public as the enlightened and glorious warrior, forever compelled to fight the injustices of the world as only he can perceive and understand them. A superhero among mere mortals. In (a recent) colorful newspaper editorial, for example, Mr. Quinn reported to be in combat with the “Gang of Four” as though he, himself, were a reincarnation of some slain Chinese hero fighting against corrupt government powers in Tianianmen Square. How noble and self sacrificing, particularly from a warrior who refused to attend the findings of the Indian Trail citizen survey.
What sense do we make of Mr. Quinn’s odd behavior? Does it represent strength of character or a major personality defect? Leadership or grandiosity? Stability or rigidity? These will be issues for voters to decide should Quinn choose to run for re-election this fall. In the meantime, Mr. Quinn has a more pressing matter to address. Does he continue to perseverate about the “Gang of Four” or does he now expand his cognitive horizons, embrace a further touch of paranoia, and begin relentlessly preaching against “The Gang of Five”? After all, it was a unanimous town council vote to shelve discussion of police services in Indian Trail.
Carlton Aldrich, Ph.D