Monday, April 30, 2007

Back To Shealy

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Reaction to our story about City Councilor Alan Shealy’s consideration of a run for the U.S. Senate was widespread, and has now prompted an apology from Shealy to his fellow city councilors.

In the story, Shealy described his frustration with the minutiae of city council work, including the weekly slog through a number of subdivision reviews. He singled out such drudgery as one of the reasons he’s had a hard time deciding whether to run for re-election to council or not.

In a subsequent interview, Shealy says that he intends to apologize to the council, and says his dedication to the job has never wavered.

“I’m immensely proud of what this council does,” Shealy told BW. “We’ve done a lot, and we’re going to do a lot more. I didn’t mean to imply that the council was ineffective.”

He remains frustrated that the council spends too much time working on issues that are, as he put it, “below our pay grade.”

But he said the impression that he was not dedicated to the council’s work was incorrect.

“I don’t want people who I am representing to feel that I think it’s all for naught,” he said.

As for his pondering a Senate run, Shealy says he’s still thinking about it, but wasn’t ready to answer which party he’d run for. He has been a Republican. Some Democrats and Republicans alike have questioned which party he might run for. He declined to answer that question directly.

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