“You don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Clark County Commissioners David Madore and Steve Stuart got into it again this week.

I realize it’s no longer news when these two get all peevish with one another. But, much like a Lifetime original movie that nobody watched, the minor drama self-created by individuals did factually occur so we better document it for posterity.

Here’s the video where Madore asks that people quit speaking ill of state Sen. Don Benton, R-Vancouver, because he is also county staff serving as the appointed director of environmental services.

There’s a part where Madore visits Stuart’s intentions based on political reasoning, and you can hear Stuart audibly scoff before saying “Mr. Madore, please don’t speak for me. Don’t tell me what I think, or what I believe…you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Stuart continues, saying: “As far as demeaning and discrediting staff, I absolutely agree and I will absolutely be holding you to that at our next C-Tran meeting, because you do the exact opposite to C-Tran staff. You demean and discredit them on a regular basis. And I will absolutely be holding you to that, based on your own words.”

In response, Madore says: “I am certainly to be held accountable.”

Now, I could go back and watch C-Tran board meetings until I find what Stuart is talking about. Or I could just go to Madore’s Facebook page where he calls C-Tran Attorney Tom Wolfendale’s legal opinions a “creative interpretation” of law and claims he worked to “guarantee a stalemate” on the board.

So I did the latter. It took just under two minutes to find. Seriously. This stuff is written down on the Internet. Where it doesn’t go away, like, ever. Even if you try to delete it, it is still very much there.



Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle

Erik Hidle covers Clark County government for The Columbian. He can be followed on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ehidle, on Twitter at @col_clarkgov or contacted by email at erik.hidle@columbian.com

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