Opinion: District 4 candidate is 'Too Slippery'
I have been studying the candidates for the Board of Supervisors in the fourth district. I was looking at Scott McNeil’s campaign Website and on it, it says, “Scott McNeil is a decorated USAF Veteran.” This is confusing to me. Is Mr. McNeil claiming to be a decorated combat veteran of foreign wars or just a veteran of serving in the Air Force? If Mr. McNeil isn’t a decorated combat veteran then the way this is written seems to be double talk that is intended to confuse people like me in to thinking Mr. McNeil is some kind of a war hero.
His Website says, “He is also a small business-owner, having founded a shipping business before moving to California, and the owner of Mira Loma Cafe in Cameron Park.” Does Mr. McNeil still own the Mira Loma Café? I have friends I play cards with who live in Cameron Park and they keep up with what is going on in town and they told me they heard he no longer owns this business. If this is so this is just more his confusing double talk.
Mr. McNeil says on his Website, “After my election to the Cameron Park Community Services District in 2010, I fought to ensure budgets were balanced and transparent and pushed to create the Anti-Graffiti Task Force.” As I understand from my friends, and they keep up with these things, the budget in Cameron Park is not balanced. Almost every year the CSD has to take money back from Cal Fire to pay their bills. And I want to know who he had to push against to get a graffiti task force in place. Who stood in his way of creating this task force and what does it do? I asked my friends if they know who was on this task force they said they had never heard of it. But one of them said that they had seen a report released for the January CSD board meeting that showed that the CSD had spent thousands of dollars cleaning up graffiti and there was no mention of this anti-graffiti task force in this report at all.
Mr. McNeil’s Website also says, “It’s no secret El Dorado County faces big challenges: creating jobs in a struggling economy; balancing our rural heritage with the need for additional housing; preserving our water quality and availability; and protecting our communities from the State’s reckless prisoner release program.” How much power does he think a county supervisor has? What is he going to do about creating jobs and balancing our rural heritage while adding more housing? How is he going to preserve our water availability (can he make it rain)? And what does he think he can do about a state prisoner release program as a county supervisor? Unless Mr. McNeil wants to tell us how he plans to solve these problems this is just more empty double talk.
I know Mr. McNeil was planning to run for the Board of Supervisors in the second district in 2012, he had a Website up saying that he was. Has he moved to the fourth district in the past two years or are people who say he was trying to run illegally in 2012 right?
To my way of thinking, Mr. McNeil seems wrong. He is too slippery for my tastes. I know politicians try to appeal to as many people as they can and I know they will puff up their credentials but Mr. McNeil seems to be playing way too fast and loose for my comfort level. I am concerned that the reason he is running for the Board of Supervisors is not to serve as he says but to inflate his ego.