In his commentary "Mayor Is Going Places, But What About City She Promised to Lead?" (Sept. 6), Mr. McDade does not prominently publish his credential as former chief of staff in Mayor Hedgecock's Administration, nor does he state that Mayor O'Connor was forced to take the helm and become the captain of a ship that was literally run aground by Roger Hedgecock.
Indeed, I invite the reader to inquire of any Navy captain who has had the unenviable task of succeeding a predecessor who has run a ship aground. The situation is chaotic at best. The crew, for one, is uncertain of their future. They are embarrassed, and overall the mood is not one of tranquility. Maureen O'Connor found herself in a very similar situation after the felonious misdeeds of Mr. Hedgecock. She now fills an unexpired term, not a full term. In so doing, she has acted in a commendable fashion--given all of the problems she inherited.
For one, Ms. O'Connor ran into a series of crises that can only be described as unbelievable. The "M" crises, namely Martinez and Murray, were an unusual turn of events and yet another troublesome chapter in the history of the City of San Diego. Mayor O'Connor, in the Martinez case, was faced with an unexpired term that had to be filled. Co-equally, City Manager Sylvester Murray's departure was another time-consuming crisis the mayor had to meet head-on. Nonetheless, she did so successfully.