Patrick Cannon was always engaging -- as long as you could be of help to him.
During his mayoral campaign, Cannon would go out of his way to heartily greet me at community events. On Aug. 21, he came to the Observer for an endorsement interview with the editorial board, and was full of charm. Then we endorsed his opponent. Suddenly, he’d avoid me at public functions and we haven’t spoken since.
As part of the editorial board’s endorsement process, I interviewed eight Democrats, Republicans and independents who had worked closely with the Democratic Cannon over the years. Every one of them offered the same essential message: They were not supporting him because they didn’t find him trustworthy. While the corruption charges against Cannon last week shocked the city, I know many public officials who were not surprised.
Here are the top 10 things I’m thinking about in the wake of Cannon’s arrest: