“I do think Port Angeles voters were looking for a change,” said French, a Port Angeles native and owner of First Street Haven restaurant. “You can kind of see that none of the other incumbents even filed to run. You had a lot of rancor last year in the City Council. Jake and I, we look young, we are smart businessmen. You need the voice of a younger generation.”
Oppelt did not return calls for comment Wednesday on the primary election results but issued a prepared statement:
“We sincerely appreciate the support from our community throughout the primary campaign process and we are very excited to gain more of it as we move into the general election...We will continue to stay positive and look forward as we bring a new, focused vision to the City of Port Angeles.”
With this warm French kiss to a flamingly obvious Ohole, Mr. French demonstrates that he has no taste in who he associates with - along with several other red flags waved.
"Jake and I, we look young..." What the hell does that even mean? "...We are smart businessmen." A claim that is debatable in many ways. "You can kind of see that none of the other incumbents even filed to run." We can "kind of" see that? And what part of term limits and health problems (and I've got enough graft already) doesn't he understand?
Finally, we've got the beetle-brained centerpiece of his statement: "You had a lot of rancor last year in the City Council." Offered as if there was no reason for such rancor, and then he just segues right into the youthful good looks he and Ohole share. Huh???
Taken as a whole this shows someone who has not thought a lot about what they're going to say when asked some of the most blindingly obvious questions you could (easily, easily, easily) anticipate. This is a meandering mumble of a message.
On the other hand...
Handsome, youthful Ohole is so concerned about talking to the press live and in person (see also: skipping out on debates and forums) that he, in the most pompous manner possible, "issues a statement" to the waiting press...One that uses the royal "We" over and over again, which is paired with an absolute lack of details or emotion. It's a checked-out robocall of a "statement," and shows the gee whiz kiddo Ohole to be just as removed from reality and accountability as has been feared. And all done in the service of avoiding two or three softball questions from the Gaul Potleaf.
All of which is to say, both these guys are naturals for the Port Angeles City Council. Whether mush-mouthed and rambling (Pat? Cherie? Is that you?) or entitled and self-important (Karen Rogers, Dan Gase, your minion is calling) it looks like it'll be more of the same for the City Council.