I get it. Politics can be an ugly business. And I wouldn’t want to be a politician these days. Most of the time, I just ignore the vitriol on both sides of the aisle, because I have better things to do with my time than watch people call each other names. Recently, though, a news story hit close to home because a politician attacked a friend of mine.
Having read this news story, which reported on Michelle Fiore’s comments about Roxann McCoy, all I can say is that the Roxann McCoy I know bears no resemblance to the Roxann McCoy that Councilwoman Fiore is impugning. I’ve known Roxann for several years, and for as long as I’ve known her, I’ve been impressed by her integrity and her commitment to the public good. She’s fought hard to protect people’s rights as the President of our local branch of the NAACP. She’s put her own needs second, time and time again, in order to work countless hours—and serve on countless committees, and speak at public events (like this one, which is coming up on August 20 at The Mob Museum)—on behalf of our community. I stand with Roxann.