With his announcement that he is running for Congress, and whether he has even considered it or not, Albuquerque City Councilor Pat Davis would have voters believe that he is ready to step up as one of New Mexico's five senior most Congressional role models.
Role models of what; and before whom?
What ever else and, for whom other else he wants to be a role model worthy of emulation, he claims to be ready for be a role model for a hundred thousand APS students and their contemporaries in charter and private schools, of honest to God accountability to meaningful standards of conduct and competence within his public service.
That seems unlikely in light of his current stand on role modeling, which is; that he finds compelling language "vague and coded".
To wit; a role modeling clause;
The language could not be less vague; there is no coded language as Davis avers, link.In no case shall the standards of conduct for an adult,be lower than the standards of conduct for students.
When given the opportunity to defend this indefensible position, he did not.
He still has not. Nor will he ever.
Davis is not ready, willing and able to be held accountable as a role model, for students and the communities and community members he would serve, of honest to God accountability to the same standards of conduct as are public school students' higher standards of conduct; ethical standards of conduct.
There is no such thing as an inconspicuous role model.
Davis needs to explain to students, in words they can understand, why it is that he cannot be expected to model honest to God accountability to the higher standards of conduct that students are expected to "model and promote".
If we expect students to grow into adults who embrace character and courage and honor, someone is going to have show them what it looks like. The obligation grows with (even political) stature.
The only thing that stops Davis and nearly every other politician I have ever met, from holding themselves accountable to higher standards of conduct than the law; the lowest standards of conduct acceptable to civilized human being, is their own individual lack of character, courage, or both.
If there is another explanation, I cannot imagine it, nor has it been suggested to me by any of them.
photo Mark Bralley