San Diego mayor Dick Murphy announced his resignation today. Although it is a bit of a shock, it’s not like it’s completely out of the blue. Just last week, he was named by Time magazine as one of the worst three mayors in the United States. Follow those links and you can get a taste of the things plaguing San Diego these days.
Politics aside, it’s sad to see anyone have to resign so soon in their term. And considering how many shots I’ve lobbed his way, it probably sounds like I regret being so hard on the guy. Not really - but it’s things like this that remind you that everyone, even those playing the big political game, is still human.
And beyond that, Murphy was the mayor back in January 2003 when I first started cartooning for The Reader. So there’s a little bit of selfish sentimentality thrown in too.
Hopefully his resignation doesn’t turn out to be in vain, and the big mess that is San Diego’s political structure can get cleaned up a bit.