Even in the combative political environment of today most losers withdraw gracefully and take a moment or two to lick their wounds, take stock and contemplate why they were rejected by the voters. But in this instance, and perhaps because Cllr. Foat is still a serving member of the City Council, the loser is being neither gracious nor considered.
Cllr. Foat has a reputation for vindictiveness, something which, had she been a winner, many people were fearful of. But Cllr. Foat was a loser and her behavior in the days following her defeat though consistent with what was feared about her, is now evoking pity.
Highly respected journalist Hank Plante, who had moderated the televised campaign debate, noted on his Facebook page that:
"Mayor-elect Rob Moon confirmed in an interview today that when he didn't get a congratulatory phone call from Ginny Foat he emailed her and suggested they have lunch. She declined."
That led to the following from Cllr. Foat to Mr. Plante:
"If you are going to mention me and state something that I said I would expect as a journalist you would at least check with me to make sure it was accurate. It is not. If you are interested in accuracy please let know." (Sic)
Firstly Hank Plante is a journalist. It goes with the profession that anything a journalist reports is checked and double checked.
Secondly Hank Plante is not just any journalist. He is a highly respected and openly gay journalist who was awarded the 2012 Stan Chambers Award for Extraordinary Achievement from the Associated Press Television and Radio Association.
Thirdly, Cllr. Foat's response suggests a lack of understanding of journalism. Journalists refer to politicians and what they say all the time, and do not necessarily need to use the politician to confirm what they said.
Fourthly, and possibly the most egregious stupidity of all given the above, Cllr. Foat suggested that Hank Plante was professionally incompetent and had published something about her that was untrue.
That it was the most egregious stupidity was made clear shortly thereafter by Mr. Plante's response: he published the evidence that not only substantiated his report but also gave the lie to Cllr. Foat's claim that: "I would expect as a journalist you would at least check with me to make sure it was accurate. It is not." (Emphasis added). Here is what Mr. Plante posted to his Facebook page:
"I asked Mr. Moon about his statement and he shared his email exchange with Ms. Foat. Here it is (beginning from the bottom up). He says she never answered his final email suggesting lunch again.
Ginny, I am offering to have lunch to discuss moving forward. Please think it over, and if you do not wish to do so then that is your decision.
Best regards ,
From: Ginny Foat <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: Robert Moon <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 9:43 AM
Subject: Re: uRequest for lunch meeting
Robert, I would be more than happy to have lunch with you after you make a statement about all of the attack dog hate that is still being spewed from some of your supporters. Stop it and we will move forward.
Sent from my iPad
On Nov 4, 2015, at 8:54 AM, Robert Moon <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
Ginny, I would call you but I do not have a number for you.
Would you be willing to get together one day this week, or soon, for lunch? I would very much appreciate the opportunity to talk with you about how we can work together going forward.
Are you free this Friday for lunch? O'Donnell?
This is not a result of "attack dog hate" being "spewed". This stupidity, like her refusal to respond to voters' concerns in the South Palm Springs Survey, like her decision not to pay her property taxes, like her dismissal of the concerns of other candidates about the location of a polling station at the Mizell Center, is the direct result of her own actions. No one held a gun to her head and forced her to accuse Mr. Plante of professional ineptitude. She did that all on her own and if she carries on this way she will have dug a hole for herself so deep that no one in Palm Springs will care less that she's in it. They'll simply grab a shovel and fill it in.