Torre should run for council
Will the real Torre please stand up?When we say “real,” we mean the Torre who insists he’s not in city politics because of his ego. We mean the Torre who swears he cares deeply about the future of Aspen. We mean the Torre who says he must run for mayor because he doesn’t subscribe to the politics of his two opponents – Mick Ireland and Tim Semrau. Those are certainly good reasons for Torre to run for office – but not for mayor.If Torre really cared about Aspen, he would be willing to break a sweat for another four years and fight for what he believes in – as a city councilman. If Torre’s mayoral bid really wasn’t about his ego, then he would swallow his pride and seek re-election – as a city councilman.If Torre really didn’t believe in Semrau or Ireland’s politics, he would run for another seat on City Council, where he could counter them with his own views, instead of losing a voice – and a vote – as a city councilman.Otherwise, Torre’s reasons for running for mayor are laced with insincerity and lack any clout. And so far his opponents have set the agenda for the campaign. Torre’s most proactive move in the campaign was to buy the drinks for his supporters at Blue Maize when he announced his campaign last month. Of course it’s Torre’s right to run for mayor, but it will be a lost cause. Torre and his posse of supporters can dream all they want, but the one-named candidate’s chances of winning are slim to none. Today is Councilman Torre’s last chance to back out of the mayoral race and let Mick Ireland and Tim Semrau battle it out for Aspen’s highest-elected seat. Torre could then focus on retaining his seat on City Council, where his chances for re-election are strong. After all, during his four-year term on City Council, Torre has learned the dynamics of city government and has obtained a grasp on the issues, from the current moratoriums to gridlock on Main Street. He has worked hard and could deservedly be re-elected. History also tells us that it’s difficult to unseat an incumbent, unless that incumbent has alienated himself or herself from voters, or committed malfeasance in office. Torre has done neither, and none of his six opponents are clear front-runners for the two open seats on City Council.Should Torre decide to stick to his run for mayor, he will simply be a stand-in on a stage controlled by Semrau and Ireland. By attracting a minority of votes in an already tight race between the two front-runners, Torre could force a runoff. But if Torre was to reverse his field and run for City Council, he would demonstrate that he does possess those two intangible traits that could earn him another four years of public service – sincerity and humility.
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