Yesterday the City Council voted for their new President. The City Council is comprised of 13 Republicans and 6 Democrats. The winner of the vote was Tommy Hazouri – a Democrat. Only 3 Republicans voted against him. See the final vote tally here:

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There was a big push by the Republican constituents to ensure the Republican they voted in office would stay true to their party’s platform and ideals. After the vote, anger exploded in the laps of those who did not vote their party.

Council members who received angry emails, text messages and social media postings were stunned and some even lashed out at their constituents. They did not understand why the people were so upset. They shooed them away with statements that they had pledged their allegiance months ago to Hazouri or they stated there were many other mitigating factors involved — but they failed to share those factors with their constituents.

It was a sad day for die-hard Republicans — but it wasn’t a surprise. They have been treated like this at the national and state level so they have grown used to being ignored and vilified.

What these Republicans have failed to take into account is this — A big change happened in 2016 and the die-hard Republicans elected a man outside the “norms” of deal making, crossing the aisle and politics as usual. Donald Trump is their President and they are thrilled with his accomplishments. They are also thrilled that he isn’t one of the elite within the Party and he cares about the likes of those who were angered yesterday. Donald Trump would never have voted the way 10 Republicans did yesterday. He would have changed the narrative and he would have stayed the course with the promises he made to his followers.

There is a big change in American politics and it is here locally too. People are tired of games, political maneuverings and politicians who do not stand with the party platform they have next to their name.

For a view of why die-hard Republican constituents like the way Trump has done business and why they want others to adopt his way of leading, check out the video below. This is from Charlie Kirk – a young up and coming die-hard Republican who is leading his age group to a new way of politics in America. All we can say is this: It’s time for Republicans to decide if they are going to get on the same train with their constituents or be the vanilla Republicans that cave to the ideology of the left so they can become committee chairs and placeholders for the next step in their own personal political ladder.

Enjoy the video and for those Council members who are reeling from the anger of their constituents today — it might behoove you to reflect on how you handled the whole thing. There are many lessons learned from this experience. Best to learn from it and never repeat it again.

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Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives

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