Idaho politics might be a little too intense for Coeur d’Alene City Councilman Steve Adams. In a city council meeting, city attorney Mike Gridley got within a foot of Adams while using some profanity and calling Adams a “moron.” The topic was how the city will pay for an overhaul of a sewage treatment plant.
Gridley never touched Adams, threatened him or raised his hands in an intimidating manner. Vehemently disagreeing with Adams and questioning Adams’ intelligence was enough to inspire Adams to call police.
Afterwards, Adams said that he overreacted. While calling Adams a “moron” isn’t going to settle any political issues, Adams reaction to calling the police doesn’t do anything to dispute Gridley’s observation.
Adams has publicly staked his political positions around Ron Paul’s politics. He has openly admired Paul being the only member of the House of Representatives who sometimes voted no on issues. That gives an indication that Adams is a bit of the contrarian. Adams has consistently voted against any tax increase or use of federal money by the city.
“There was a lot of stuff going on in Coeur d’Alene that was a microcosm of the federal government,” Adams says. “Just tax-and-spend, liberal, Machiavellian, ends-justify-the-means governing.”
Since there was an overhaul of a sewage treatment plant up for discussion, it is easy to imagine some scenarios that might have brought Gridley to make that astute observation of Adams. Refusing federal funds is a good bet.
Any public official as thin-skinned and easily intimidated as Adams probably needs to get back into the private sector, especially when he admires being the lone vote against many public policies.