John McKay, having suffered a massive defeat in the August Republican primary, is now endorsing the independent candidate for District 5 Supervisor, Allen Williams. This should be a clarion call to those who campaigned so hard against McKay and the incumbents. McKay is said to have hosted a fundraiser for Williams Monday night.
McKay is a long-time Republican who was supported by the Jackson County Republican establishment including Bill and Scott Walker and Joe Cloyd. McKay was in such trouble during his mayoral race against Connie Moran that Governor Phil Bryant had to be called in for an endorsement. Now he claims that has never been a partisan.
McKay points to Williams’ support of tax breaks for the likes of Gentry Williams, Jim Estabrook, Chevron, and the Angolan
state dictator-owned oil company, on the backs of Jackson County homeowners. McKay also notes that Troy Ross is facing losing his seat.
The endorsement of Williams struck some as odd given Williams comments on the night of McKay’s defeat:
Beyond claiming to never have been a partisan, McKay goes on to attack the Republican candidate who trounced him with a majority of a thee-way ticket in the primary. He attacks Bosarge on two points:
- Bosarge would like to see the pension crisis solved before he is sworn in. McKay’s point here is muddled – Does McKay support the issue dragging on longer than necessary? Everyone in Jackson County was hoping the issue would be resolved before 2016.
- Bosarge would take initiative in the first meeting to find answers. McKay attacks Bosarge’s statement of (paraphrasing) “the first meeting will be a long one because no one is leaving until we get it fixed.” McKay’s concrete nature seems not to allow appreciation of hyperbole. Nevertheless, the statement by Bosarge is reminiscent of a story Uncle Remus told us.
Back when Uncle Remus was a young buck, an upstart downstream oil man came to the Marion Refinery in Theodore. Uncle Remus kept association with the oil man, who was a world-class negotiator. The oil man had an intractable dispute on a deal he was putting together. The oil man preferred to be on his own turf, but the other side would only meet in their attorney’s offices. Despite being in hostile territory, he took control, looking everyone in the room in the eye telling them “bring this deal back to life or crush it out of existence. No one leaves the room until one or the other has happened. There are trashcans in the corners for urinals.”
The deal was completed in 72 hours.
Read McKay’s full post below: