Jager election plot thickens
Following news that Eureka City Councilman Frank Jager was pressured to give up his post and run for mayor, the Humboldt Herald has learned Jager plans to fill the vacancy with the man who twisted his arm if Jager wins in November.
Since 2008, Matthew Owen successfully ran campaigns that put Jager and Humboldt Bay Harbor Commissioner Richard Marks into office. Owen helped shepherd his wife, Virginia Bass, into the mayor’s seat in 2006, and is currently leading her charge for a seat on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors.
Owen has managed to stay largely behind the scenes during these political endeavors but now apparently seeks to rush into office himself without an election season’s scrutiny.
If voters think the city council is heavy with sycophants for big box developer Rob Arkley in its current incarnation, wait until this cheerleader gets hold of the voting button.
While the situation sheds light on Owen’s political maneuvering, the insight into Jager’s leadership potential is also troubling.
What kind of leader allows himself to be pushed to abandon a voting position for a ceremonial one just halfway through a term? Jager is reportedly reluctant to run but was swayed by Owen, and the move has upset supporters who backed him in 2008.
But what’s a little internal strife so long as the pusher gets his way?
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Unless his name is Matthew Owen, in which case maximum sunlight is long overdue.