But not only is that prospect very far from being a sure thing, Ford’s chairmanship itself may be at stake.
This Commission, elected in August, reached gridlock in record time — before it could even complete the routine reorganization that begins a new four-year term. But if Democrat Walter Bailey, who moved to refer Ford’s appointments back to committee at the Commission’s September 22 meeting, can hold his coalition of six Democrats and one Republican, Steve Basar, he can hold off the rival coalition of five Republicans and one Democrat, Ford, who went the other way in September.
The key to what happens is Basar, the Republican member who was last year’s vice chair, a position that used to be the stepping stone to the chairmanship, but who saw all but one of his party-mates deny him their votes to become chairman. Clearly aggrieved, Basar turned up at Thursday night’s meeting of the Shelby County Republican steering committee at Clark Tower to voice a complaint about that.
Unlike others, Basar said, he would not go public with his version of events or name names. He then proceeded to do both. As he put it, the vote for chairman had been a case of betrayal, not only of himself but of Republicans in general. And he put the onus on GOP Commission colleague Heidi Shafer, not just for voting for Democrat Ford but for nominating him in the first place.
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