Can I preface this by saying that I like Ron Gibson as a person. I have found the former City-County Councillor to be a very nice guy, and I have shared many cordial conversations with him.
That said, as President of the Decatur Township Democratic Club, I don't believe I recall seeing him at one of our club meetings since March of 2007 when he spoke to our club. I could be wrong, and, if I am, I apologize to him.
Somehow, with very little campaigning, fundraising, or really any effort, he still thinks he can put up a competitive Primary battle with Melina Kennedy. I don't get it, frankly.
Ok...that's the prologue.
Here's the kicker. He's not dropping out of the race for Mayor. Gibson released this statement late today after hearing about Jose Evans' decision to leave the Mayor's race, endorse Melina Kennedy, and focus on a Council reelection fight.
"I thank Jose Evans for his service. Today, I still stand for working and middle class families who deserve a voice, for the thousands who have been unemployed for months, and for the future of our children. I look forward to a competitive primary race", said Mayoral Candidate Ron Gibson.
Let's analyze the statement:
First of all, Ron Gibson has not been campaigning for the job. Not at all. For someone that wishes to stand for the middle class and working class, you have to set up some sort of reason why Melina Kennedy does not. He does not here and has not on the campaign trail.
Secondly, he thanks Jose Evans for his service. Evans isn't going anywhere. He's going to continue to be a strong voice for the residents of District 1.
Thirdly, he said he looks forward to a competitive primary race. If that is so, these would be my questions to Gibson. What does he bring that Joe Hogsett, Kathy Davis, Kip Tew, Brian Williams, Jose Evans and others did not that he thinks he can be more competitive with Melina Kennedy than those that have dropped out? Can he raise over $900,000 between now and May because that's what Melina Kennedy has? If the answer is nothing, no and no, why continue the delusion? Gibson will be obliterated by Kennedy in the Primary. It won't be close. Why not just drop out of this thing and let Kennedy go free and clear after Greg Ballard?
I guess he figures he has nothing to lose. Can somebody stop him?