Just last year, the Insider praised newly elected Columbia County Commissioner Mack Taylor for working so hard and pounding the pavement to defeat his opponent, Martinez businessman Trip Derryberry, in the District 3 runoff.
Frankly, Taylor worked his ass off to win that commission seat.
During the Nov. 4 election, Derryberry carried the night handily with nearly 41 percent of vote. Taylor only received 23 percent that day.
Facing a runoff, Taylor walked his entire district, knocked on hundreds of doors, openly talked about his platform and made sure his supporters headed it to the polls.
By the time the December runoff rolled around, Taylor received 58 percent of the vote compared to Derryberry’s 41 percent.
It was a very impressive win for the young attorney.
He was flying high and the future looked much brighter with new blood on the Columbia County Board of Commissioners.
But now Taylor has decided to throw it all away.
This week, Taylor announced he intends to resign from his District 3 seat on the Columbia County Commission in order to run for state Rep. Ben Harbin’s District 122 seat.
Harbin, who has served in the state legislature for more than two decades, is resigning from his seat to become a lobbyist for Southern Strategy Group, a company that represents several healthcare clients, including the Medical Association of Georgia.
So, Taylor says that he believes his constituents in Columbia County would rather him serve in the statehouse and help maintain the county’s influence in Atlanta.
Um… Taylor has been in office in Columbia County about six months. He doesn’t even have influence in Columbia County yet, so why does he think he’ll have any influence in Atlanta?
And his “constituents” don’t even know what to think of him yet. Taylor convinced voters to give him a chance as a commissioner and what does he do?
He serves less than seven months and resigns from his seat. This is the same seat that was once held by Commissioner Charles Allen, who resigned after his wife’s unethical behavior as tax commissioner was exposed.
How much more can the residents of District 3 take?
It’s like Taylor saw a shiny new bike in the window, so he decides to crash his Radio Flyer that he got for Christmas into a nearby tree thinking his parents would be forced to buy him a new one.
Well, as most parents will tell their children, if you don’t appreciate and take care of the toy you have now, why in the world should you get a new one?
The same lesson applies to politicians.
If you don’t appreciate the seat that you are currently holding, that you just won in December, why in the world should you be given another one?
At least we don’t have two selfish children running for the District 122 seat.
Columbia County Commissioner Doug Duncan announced last week that he had decided against pursuing Harbin’s former seat.
His reason was that he couldn’t juggle both his full-time job and serve as a state legislator.
While it would have been better for Duncan to say that he decided to honor his commitment to District 1 rather than simply suggesting that he just didn’t have enough time to serve in the Georgia Statehouse, Columbia County will take what it can get.
Having two very green politicians running for Harbin’s seat and two vacant seats on the Columbia County Commission would have been a complete disaster.
So, congratulations Commissioner Duncan for making a wise decision.
As for ex-Commissioner Taylor, the only thing left to say is, voters don’t take kindly to politicians who don’t follow through on their campaign promises.
You’re basically dumping District 3 for what you believe are greener pastures, but you’ll soon learn that the grass is not always greener on the other side.