Before we start, please breath in all that fresh political air because the opportunity to cite two separate groups for their exceptionally good political judgment on the very same day doesn’t come along very often.
With the completed Third Subcircuit discovery recount leaving the seven vote separation exactly where it was when it started, yesterday, Judge Kostelny told the Daily Herald’s Harry Hitzeman this:
“This election was extraordinarily close. I’m satisfied that the discovery recount was done and I don’t wish to prolong this or cost money to the taxpayers by doing a full recount at this point, so I have congratulated Mr. Tegeler.”
Of course, the Mr. Tegeler in question is none other than Geneva attorney D. J. Tegler who, with no November opposition, will don the black dress shortly thereafter.
To make matters even better, Kostelny attorney, John Countryman, who had a minor dustup with Tegeler at the Kane County portion of the recount, also made a point of offering his own private olive branch.
So now, as college bastketball coach Bobby Knight’s wife frequently advised him, “The horse is dead, get off it.”
Who can blame Judge Kostelny for asserting her discovery recount right after she poured all that time and effort into a seven vote loss? It’s going to take us older folks a while longer before we can disavow ourselves of those hanging chads saving the day notion.
Rest assured, just as the Net’s dooming the compact disc, electronic voting machines are rendering recounts obsolete.
The bottom line is this – it’s over! And despite the fact that it doesn’t happen very often in political circles, it’s time let the old animosities, the hard feelings, and the wishful thinking go and focus on moving forward.
And that sentiment includes all the people who feel slighted by any of Judge Kostelny’s past rulings. Not only will she continue to serve drug court, but her 16th Circuit compatriots will surely retain her at the very next opportunity.
Almost every candidate loses at least one election and it always hurts because no rejection is more difficult than to allow yourself to be “interviewed” by each and every voter only to watch them choose the other guy. So you have to give the folks willing to risk that kind of kick in the teeth credit for throwing their hat in the ring in the first place.
And the smart ones refuse to take it personally. They pick themselves up, learn from it, and apply those lessons to a second effort. The first time D. J. ran he was utterly crushed by former KC States Attorney David Akemann.
But he didn’t mope, he didn’t whine, and he didn’t curse the cruel fates. He took a deep breath, he waited for the appropriate opportunity, and then he applied the lessons he’d learned from the loss.
And I would encourage Judge Kostelny to do the same thing. Some might see the seven vote glass as half-empty, but this writer clearly notes it as the surest sign of giving the next open circuit judgeship a shot.
To all the folks who think this “blood sport” really matters, I would ask you to name the Kane County Chairman who preceded Mike McCoy. Can’t do it can ya! I write about this shit all the time and I couldn’t name him if my life depended on it.
None of us are that important. Because tomorrow, the sun will rise, children will go off to school, and husbands will kiss their wives when they get home from work – with or without you or me.