Call ‘honors’ councilman for ‘service’ to residents

'Call the Tune' by Mike Anthony

By Mike Anthony

The County Council last week honored outgoing 6th District Councilman Kevin O’Leary, D-Oakville, with a resolution for his “service” to south county over the past 19 months.

O’Leary won a special election in April 2015 to serve the remainder of former Councilman Steve Stenger’s term after Stenger was elected county executive in November 2014. O’Leary did not seek re-election, and Republican Ernie Trakas defeated former Rep. Pat Yeager, D-Lemay, in November to win a four-year term on the council.

The County Council’s resolution in honor of O’Leary begins: “Whereas, a young man named Kevin grew up sharing a small one-bedroom house in Affton with his four brothers and two sisters where he developed an unusually strong work ethic and devotion to family …”

The resolution goes on to recap O’Leary’s life, including “purchasing his namesake restaurant O’Leary’s with his close friends John Goodman and Karl Kloster, which he nurtured and grew for 17 years …”

The measure concludes with the County Council expressing its “deepest gratitude and appreciation to St. Louis County Councilman Kevin O’Leary, who stepped up on short notice to serve the people of St. Louis County and who has done so admirably and honorably.”

That interpretation of O’Leary’s “service” to south county citizens can only be characterized as “fake news.”

We typically don’t compose resolutions, but we’ll give it a go:

WHEREAS, a councilman named Kevin when campaigning for office pledged to be a new kind of councilman — one more responsive to south county residents. Yet his performance in office merited a failing grade; and

WHEREAS, a councilman named Kevin never uttered a peep of protest as south county residents were limited to one minute to voice their opposition to a 232-unit apartment complex proposed at Tesson Ferry and Bauer roads; and

WHEREAS, a councilman named Kevin rarely returned the calls of constituents or the media for over six months; and

WHEREAS, thousands of south county residents were effectively disenfranchised by a councilman named Kevin’s lack of representation; and

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by Call Newspapers that we declare a councilman named Kevin’s short tenure on the council to be nothing less than a disaster, as he failed to stand up for south county residents who had counted on him to support them.