Showing posts with label Mayor Dan McQueen. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mayor Dan McQueen. Show all posts

Sunday, 22 January 2017

A new mayor promised to fix a Texas city. Instead, he resigned after just 37 days on the job.

Just a little more than a month after taking office, a Texas mayor has announced his resignation on social media following a series of pointed questions about his personal and professional background.

 Dan McQueen (Corpus Christi City Council) Dan McQueen (City of Corpus Christi)
Corpus Christi Mayor Dan McQueen said Wednesday on Facebook that he was stepping down.

“Consider this my resignation,” he said in the post, according to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. “I resign immediately. The city can no longer deal with such differing views and divisiveness. I step down from my position as Mayor, in order to allow the council and city to regain focus on success.

“Sorry, they are now into my ex-wives and kids. Nothing good will come from that mess.”

Although it’s not exactly clear which specific incident led McQueen to his decision, he reportedly had been expressing frustration about the local media’s questions.

The Caller-Times reported that it “came on the heels of questions about his stated educational background, his chief of staff hire and a series of Facebook posts that took aim at fellow council members, city staff and the local media.”

According to the newspaper:

The saga leading up to Wednesday’s announcement began two days prior, with a cryptic Facebook post from McQueen where he bemoaned his first 35 days in office as being filled with attacks from council members, the public and the media. Two sentences from the post related to the remainder of his two-year term.

“I just don’t see the VALUE in this fight for 600 more. I had such HOPE for our city,” McQueen wrote.

The Caller-Times said that McQueen has repeatedly referred to his education in aerospace engineering — a claim that has recently been called into question.

In fact, McQueen, who won a nonpartisan election, was recently asked about it during an interview with ABC affiliate KIII-TV3.

“I have several degrees,” he said. “Do I have a specific degree that says ‘engineer’ on it? No. So does that make me not an engineer? I’ve been an engineer for years. … I am the most educated person on your council.”

Earlier this week, McQueen wrote on Facebook that the city council was “comprised of only High School graduates!” according to the Caller-Times.

“But that is not the Story,” he added, “you should ask WHY? I think the answer is MONEY! Attack the most educated and experienced person on the council, FUNNY!”