By Lancaster resident Nax Stuart
The pot calling the kettle black would best describe the vitriol that comes out of the mouth of Lancaster’s Mayor R. Rex Parris. His latest berating of a political contender for Lancaster City Council, Johnathon Ervin, is nothing short of Parris’ racist grandstanding telling Lancaster’s constituents through a ‘hit mailer’ that Ervin is an anti-police gangster.
Now The Associated Press takes issue and ‘blasts’ Parris for this racist attack on Mr. Ervin, this gives Parris a platform to apologize, only to further the resentment he has for his former commissioner, Mr. Ervin of what was supposed to be a ‘perceived slight’. In Parris’ manipulative retort, he knows one can always ask feign forgiveness for lack of permission.
Having personally met Jonathon, his wife and daughters, nothing Parris says can be further from the truth, but is at best a feeble attempt by Parris to impugn Jonathon’s character.
Jonathon, who is a standup guy, an Air Force veteran, currently a civilian aerospace engineer, who is endorsed by Mayor Ledford, does not have the political divisiveness as the self-confessed recovering drug addict Mayor Parris. When pointing fingers, there are three fingers pointing back at you, Mr. Parris.
Besides his own self-aggrandizement, Parris should look no further than his current council.
Marvin Crist, Parris’ Vice Mayor, will tell you how, as a former firefighter, he is now a crime fighter. The bigger issue is why, out of 18 firefighters put on leave then re-hired, did Marvin, when he was head of the local I 25 International Assn. of Firefighter’s at Plant 42, lose his base clearance and get fired. [Read more here.] Documented facts show that Crist was aware of firefighters’ regular drug and alcohol use in the base’s firehouse.
There is also an issue of current councilman Ron Smith, another self-claimed former public servant, who as an armed bailiff, ran out the front doors of a Van Nuys court room when a defendant brandished a firearm and started shooting courthouse personnel. Smith took a stress leave then retired from his bailiff position. [Read more on that here.] How does the logo read? “To Serve and Protect” – When We Feel Like It?
In Parris’ arrogance, he surrounds himself with lesser ‘yes’ people to make himself look large, then points fingers to deflect any fingers that should point at him or his current council.
Based only on his opinions, Parris will not only verbally criticize but will lambast anyone who doesn’t agree with his criteria. This includes using the media as a platform at any given opportunity to do so for his political gain.
Parris isn’t necessarily insecure; he just has an exaggeration of his own self-importance.
When Johnathon is elected to the Lancaster Council, will Parris sue Lancaster for allowing at large elections?
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Editor’s Note: The Lancaster city election takes place April 8.