Kunze: The Crack In The Conservative Bloc?
This just in:
I have received a very distressing communication which indicates that District 834 School Board Vice Chair is about to announce his official opposition to the new $15 million school levy.
Let me say at the outset that I cannot vouch for the authenticity of this communication. The document is undated and unprovenanced. It may well be an elaborate practical joke at the expense of Mr. Kunze and his colleagues on the Board. I expect that he will comment to local papers about its authenticity next week.
But I will print here an excerpt from what purports to be an open letter written by Mr. Kunze. Here are the first two paragraphs:
"There has been some confusion about my stance on the upcoming levy questions. To clear this confusion up, in no uncertain terms, I do not support the levy questions as they stand.
I have made some mistakes in regards to the upcoming levy question for ISD 834. I have never supported to levy in its current form and agreed to “put on a good face” because I was in the minority. For this I am sorry. I have failed those constituents that have supported me over the last three years. There are certain members of the community that have harassed me about my support of this levy. I guess I owe them a debt of gratitude for helping me make my decision to come clean."
Did Kunze write this? If he did, his open opposition represents a major blow to school funding here in the District. It's going to be especially embarrassing for the remaining members of the conservative bloc on the School Board, Chairman George Thole and Secretary "Choc" Junker. For quite a while now, Thole has been pitching the levy to the public as being unanimously supported by the members of the board.
Thus it's a little late in the day for Kunze to declare his open opposition to the levy, after the issues have been formulated and as they are about to be sent to the public for a vote. If he really did write this letter, he is presenting himself to the public as a man who stabbed his fellow board members in the back after they've been fighting for this levy for weeks. The author of the letter doesn't even claim to have "changed his mind" about the opposing the present levy. Instead, he claims that he was keeping his opposition secret in order to "put a good face" on the whole thing.
What are you to make of a person who does something like that to his allies and colleagues on the school board and to the teachers and kids in the district? According to this letter, rather than take an open position against that would have led to debate, Kunze has been deliberately concealing his opposition to it for months--and he waits until two weeks before the polls to make that opposition known to the public, via the press? Does a person like that inspire your trust?
A person who pretends to go along, but throws a monkey wrench into the works at the last critical moment, announcing that he never believed in the project anyway.
I hope for Mr. Kunze's sake that he didn't write this letter. It doesn't reflect well on his "character."