I’m not sure what all the fuss is about when it comes to Gary Brown’s failure to be renominated to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. He has admitted he told Sen. Stan Gerzofsky he would resign from the MRRA should he become town manager. So why does he now say he is “disappointed” to not be nominated? Why does anyone feel he is so valuable that this issue is even newsworthy? In fact, he should have resigned his position from the MRRA as soon as he was confirmed as Brunswick town manager. This would be the right thing to do in light of the opposition to his appointment, his previous statements and the desires of the governor to keep the MRRA independent from elected officials.
Mr. Brown should view this as a call to actually do the job he was hired to do: manage the town of Brunswick. There are huge budget challenges to face, a new school to be built, our roads are, as usual, falling apart, and there are ordinances to be enforced. There are three other local residents who have been nominated who are very capable of representing the town’s interests as well as the overall interests of the entire Midcoast community and the state of Maine. If it is really important to have a Brunswick resident on the MRRA, we shouldn’t be looking at Brown anyway; he lives in Topsham.