Kevin Kopetz has decided not to accept the job he has referred to, falsely but consistently, as Third Selectman, according to an article in today’s Register (sorry, but the article isn't on-line). The former self-employed attorney said, according to the article, "for a number of reasons, I need to obtain, in fairness to my family, full-time employment. I didn’t think I could do that encumbered by having a part-time job that required another commitment on my part. It’s not fair to a future employer."
A comment from Nicky, a regular contributor, alerted me to the article, so I will place his comment into this blog entry: "I see from the papers today that Mr Kopetz’s ‘deep concern’ for the Town of North Haven seems to wane when there's no big paycheck involved!!! Maybe he's just afraid to be treated by the Democratic majority like the Republicans have treated them in the past? This scenario I do NOT think will occur because right now it appears that the incoming regime has a bit more class than the power drunk Republicans did. Time will tell, I think Janet, although not a smooth speaker, is sincere in her intentions, TIME WILL TELL!"
I agree with Nicky that, once again, Mr. Kopetz is putting his own interests ahead of the town’s. It’s not a part-time job he’s turning down (he held other important town positions while he was fully employed), it’s being in the position that McCarty’s been in all these years of having no power.
And it wouldn't be as bad for Kopetz as it's been for McCarty because, as Nicky says, McCarty would have treated Kopetz with respect, while that "nice man" for years treated her rudely and with disdain.
No, it’s all about power, and Kopetz doesn’t want any part of serving North Haven without having power. It’s not that Kopetz is a poor loser, it’s that this is a game to him and he’s lost. And when you lose, you go home. You don't stick around while the opposing team celebrates and moves on to the finals.
For McCarty it’s truly been about serving North Haven, no matter what abuse is thrown your way. She has finally communicated this to North Haven citizens, and Mr. Kopetz has emphasized how different he is from Ms. McCarty.