I have to wonder about the pressures that Esther Manheimer must be under.
She was in many ways the lead person for the city during the negotiation, defense and early tactical decisions of the city in the still unsettled water dispute with the state. She also serves on the board of the MSD, which is the intended recipient of the water system. That would seem to be a conflict on its face, and I wonder if being an intimate member of two parties who are now suing each other will put her in a semi-permanent state of recusal.
I understand the purpose of having representation from the different stake holders on the MSD board, and Asheville having eyes and ears in the process on that end is a good thing. But the pressure must be intense. If this thing goes to a trial (if trials are even what happens here I’m not sure) it will no doubt look a lot like an Esther Manheimer music video shoot.
I just hope that when she sings, she is singing for us, you know what I mean?
Add to that a run for Mayor of our little town. Add to that a position in the largest most lucrative, most impressively connected law firm in the area and you get a real picture of both power and responsibility. She is quickly becoming the axis around which the city of Asheville drum circles. We’re talking awesome cosmic power.
I interviewed Ms. Manheimer once, and she was a very good guest. Smart, funny, real, generous in both time and conversation, all the things you want in a political figure. If she turns out to be an evil genius, we are all in trouble. Republicans locally are so caught up in their ongoing war against Gordon Smith and Cecil Bothwell that Manheimer barely gets noticed. She could be Asheville’s super hero because the Republican-led opposition can’t see through her mild-mannered disguise.
If it’s really a disguise. I’d better stop there. I just had a bad thought. The Republicans don’t pick on Manheimer. They don’t pick on Davis because he plays their game. They didn’t pick on Russell because he was one of them, at least a charter member anyway. Other than that, why? Oh my God! She is an evil genius! Do you know what this means?
Esther Manheimer is not a left winger! We’re fucked!