Mike Hendricks on the curious case of David Lindstrom

KC Star:

He dumped Crandall over the objections of her board colleagues and nominated someone sure to please his conservative pals: the vice chair of the Johnson County Republican Party, Cathy Nugent.

Not saying Nugent is a bad pick.

But Crandall didn’t deserve to be kicked aside. She was a hard worker in line to become board chairman.

“She’s been a stellar member of the board,” said outgoing chairman Charley Vogt. “She did a wonderful job of researching the issues.”

With budget cuts looming that could close library branches and cut hours, her experience would have been an asset, Vogt said.

So why isn’t Crandall’s name up for a vote at Thursday’s county commission meeting?

Lindstrom gave me the plausible but lame excuse that he wanted to give someone else a chance to serve.\

“I do what I believe is in the best interests of the community,” he said.

Which community, you be the judge.

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