Leslie Johnson Should Step Aside
As the old saying goes, “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” While I would not characterize Leslie Johnson as evil at this point, the fact that she is being publicly ridiculed for stashing nearly $80,000 in her bra and flushing a $100,000 check down the toilet is making a mockery of Prince George’s County not only here in the region, but across the country. Her actions have sparked a lot of discussion about whether she should take the oath of office on December 6. I am not a resident of District 6, but I would presume that many who live there are not pleased she will be their new Council representative in less than three weeks.
What is even more disturbing to me, however, is the fact that much of the discussion has focused on whether she can “legally” take office. I think it is outrageous that we must even consider how to prohibit her from becoming the next Councilwoman through legal action. If Ms. Johnson had any personal integrity, she would be so humiliated by her own behavior that she would take immediate action to step aside now so that another person could be chosen by the voters to represent them.
Unfortunately, we live in an era where corruption amongst our elected officials is nothing new, and the public has not put enough pressure on them to resign. The power of the legal system may not be on our side, but the power of our public voice is on our side. Start putting up signs asking her to step aside, hold a protest in front of her house, or set up a press conference where thousands of Prince Georgians make it known that they will no longer quietly stand by as our public officials malign our image and our great residents feel ashamed of their elected officials and the reputation of our county. We need to step up to the plate! I live by the mantra that those who say it can’t be done are usually interrupted by others doing it. I know there are many who feel just like I do. The time is now, who is with me?