OPINION: What Mike Martin Should Have Said About His DUI
An Editorial by Jim Branson
Imagine how quickly and simply this fiasco might have been solved if Mike Martin had said the following:
“I would like to apologize to the citizens of Burien for my actions on the night of April 19th.
As anyone who read the news reports must know, I was clearly intoxicated, and the decision to drive that night put myself and others at risk. Drunk driving kills more than 200 people in Washington every year and ruins the lives of countless others, and it is not something to be taken lightly, ignored, or denied.
I want to take this opportunity to accept full responsibility for my actions, not only because the citizens of Burien deserve the truth, but also because admitting that I have a problem is the only way I will be able to work toward living a healthy life again. I have entered into counseling for alcoholism, and I am following the recommendations of experts on the best way to overcome this disease. I will immediately and voluntarily install an ignition lock on my car to prevent me from ever driving while intoxicated in the future.
If, in spite of these measures, I ever drive under the influence again, or if I am ever intoxicated at work or in public, I will immediately resign and forfeit any severance package I might have received.
I feel the best way to deal with a problem is openly, honestly, and quickly, and I want to assure the citizens of Burien that I am capable and willing to deal with this problem, put it behind me, and do the best job I can as City Manager of Burien.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.”
That’s what Mr. Martin should have said on the morning of April 20th.
If he were the pillar of society that some people claim he is, he would have taken responsibility right away. Instead, he resorted to legal weaseling to save his job and avoid telling the truth about what happened.
He has stated, in a legally binding contract (download/view the PDF here), which he signed:
“…[he] denies that he committed any wrongful or criminal act….”
It doesn’t matter what Mr. Martin says now. He has already shown that he refuses to tell the truth, and he cannot be trusted.
Further, he is willing to drag others into his deception. Mayor Joan McGilton’s signature is also on the document that denies the facts of April 19th.
The motto of Burien government, displayed prominently in conspicuous places, is:
I guess by “innovative” they mean they are willing to resort to lawyerly tricks to avoid telling the truth.
Very innovative indeed.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Jim Branson is a longtime area resident and activist.
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