The embattled mayor of Airway Heights has submitted his resignation following a public furor in July regarding comments he made about President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama that were considered racist.
“I find it difficult to continue due to my declining health issues,” Rushing is quoted as saying in the statement.
The council voted 4-0 to accept his resignation, effective Sept. 1. Two council members were absent.
Last month the council issued a vote of no confidence in Rushing’s leadership after his musings on Facebook and subsequent statements put the city in a most unflattering national spotlight.
Awe come on! Everybody is entitled to say what they really think at least once in their life. What’s that you say?
75+ more questionable posts by Airway Heights Mayor Patrick Rushing – The Inlander, America’s Best Read Urban Weekly
Well, as we all know, sometimes what you say about others tells everybody more about yourself than about the others.
This sort of post isn’t the only type of post Rushing has made on his Facebook page, to be clear. He also talks a lot about his fight with cancer, his grief over the loss of loved ones, his love for his family, and his pride in his military service. He also, in something many of us can relate to, talked a lot about being addicted to Candy Crush Saga.
Throughout his five-year tenure as Airway Heights mayor, Rushing’s Facebook page has regularly churned out (mostly reposted) images and comments that many might find, well, unbecoming of the Mayor’s Office.
Okay okay … I’ll try to stop showing off about how liberal I am and how offended I am when guys of my generation keep talking like it was the Junior High locker room.
But then ought we all leave the locker room when we have important stuff to share?