In your April 19 edition there seem to be two staunch defenders of Rick Brainard - Diane Schwenke from the GJ Chamber of Commerce and your opinion columnist, Ken Johnson. It appears both want everyone to simply ignore the facts.
In an effort to somehow justify the Chamber's endorsement of Mr. Brainard, Ms. Schwenke emails the Free Press stating that these are only allegations and he is entitled to due process. Wow! What is he going to say when he goes to court? He has already admitted that he lied to the police and that he committed the violence against his girlfriend to "shut her mouth." Perhaps Ms. Schwenke could find a place for him on the Chamber's Board of Directors or even better yet share an office with him.
As far as the Johnson column goes, it is hard to know where to begin. He attacks our town for having a lynch mob mentality against someone who reportedly just "smacked his girlfriend after some sort of heated argument." He then goes on to infer that we are possibly being denied having "a contrite and painfully aware" leader in the city. Double wow!
I think both Diane and Ken should wake up and accept the fact that no one who admits to domestic violence is suitable to be our representative. Second, they should recognize that the uprising against Mr. Brainard isn't simply coming from the loyal opposition who voted for someone else - it is coming from his previous supporters as well, who have no problem admitting that they were wrong. If either would give it some serious thought, they would simply take the position that it would be best for all concerned - the City, the voters, and Mr. Brainard himself if he would just not accept his seat on Council.