When I checked my mail the other day, amidst the Pennysaver and Victoria Secret catalogs I found a personal letter from the one and only Cindy Chavez in my mailbox! Imagine my surprise and delight when I thought of how important I must be to the Chavez campaign that she would take the time to write me to tell “her side of the story.”
The letter starts off addressing me as her “Friend.” Already I feel she is very presumptuous and my personal letter that she wrote just for me starts off on the wrong foot. I mean, I’m not her friend, am I? Did I have her over to my house for one of my parties and have too much wine and simply forget? Did I meet her downtown in a pub or restaurant at a late hour? If we’re friends, than I very quickly must have forgotten. However, I decided to read this letter from my “friend” Cindy Chavez anyway.
Chavez goes on in the two-page letter to completely slam her old friend, Ron Gonzales. She talks about the presumption that she is too close to the mayor (kind of like the presumption she made that I am her “friend” and I care about all this) and describes herself as a “thorn in his side” in her beginning years on the council. Then, as if she was the last person chosen in dodge ball on a children’s playground, she talks about how her “friend” Ron Gonzales chose three other vice mayors before her and she criticizes Frank Fiscalini, George Shirakawa and Pat Dando, placing them and their roles in the NorCal scandal before her. Next, she lists all the ways she is different from Ron Gonzales, including the fact that she “welcomes very different thoughts” while the mayor “sticks to his own agenda.” Ouch! That hurts!
It seems that Cindy Chavez is pretty good about throwing people under the bus in order to save herself. She is trying to distance herself from Ron Gonzales in a very deliberate and obvious way here, and the whole plan just seems contrived and fake—like she’s trying to explain herself out of too much.
And even though she took the time to write me this personal note, I think I have enough friends for now.