Dark cloud is of Emerson's own creation | Publisher's Column

While Kelly Emerson has all but checked out of the Island County political scene, it isn’t without some curious, bitter rantings by her husband, or someone claiming to be her husband, on the Mean Girls’ website.

If you recall, the Mean Girls are mostly middle-aged men who relish in ripping apart and deeming “unpatriotic” anybody who doesn’t tout their political philosophies, which usually run the Tea Party line.

Curiously, a recent call for my head on a stick sent to our parent company, Sound Publishing, originated from an (of course) anonymous commenter on the Mean Girls website.

Me thinks someone has a bur under her saddle.

Apparently coverage about Kelly Emerson’s decision to pack up and move to Kitsap County and run for auditor there has Ken Emerson hot under the collar.

Here’s how someone purporting to be Ken Emerson responded to the coverage:

“The wole (sic) purpose of the WNT article is to continue the libelous attack on both Kelly and myself for unknown reasons and to get their usual band of HATERS mobilized to post lies, stir up hate and to outright defame. Exactly what WNT’s interest is in destroying the livelihood, reputation of us is unknown but can be described as a total bias. It is easy for them to do this unchecked because they are the only “news” source in Island County …”

Exactly what Ken Emerson considers to be “libelous” is a mystery. I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that Kelly Emerson, when actually engaged in the job, tended to be a divisive figure on the board of commissioners. Perhaps it was her disdain for her fellow commissioners, or her and her husband’s endless legal battle with Island County.

For the Emersons, it appears to be problematic that Kelly’s political history in Island County is apparently haunting her Kitsap County race.

To blame anyone but Kelly Emerson’s early black eye in the race for auditor, however, is yet another indication of how out of touch she and her husband are with reality. She resigned as a commissioner under a dark cloud of her own creation.

Labeling people who disliked or criticized her political performance in Island County as ill-informed “haters” makes one wonder just how little regard she and her husband have for those Kelly Emerson was elected to represent.

As a former boss and mentor once told me, how a person leaves a job says a great deal about their character.

To that, I only have one thing to say.



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