I must compliment Jeremy Blaber for his recent posting. Offered in response to merciless and vicious attacks from the same two blogs attacking me, Jeremy wrote:
For the record I did not attack Robin first, she did with her blog
pictures and by overstating my relationship with the Bernardo's. Keep
in mind, I have been supportive of Robin, I am always friendly to her
and when she ran for GOP county chair, I wrote a long post on this blog
supporting her, I thought it would be good for a strong woman to lead
the GOP, I like Robin. Democrats have never had a woman leader and
that's disappointing. Now, I can go into an entire blog post attacking
Robin Yess and that nut in Rochester but I am not going to. First, they
are irrelevant figures in county politics, and that is a fact, it's not
meant to be a shot but their opinion just does not carry any weight.
Secondly, I want people to like me, I no longer feel the need to attack
people even if it's just dealing with politics, I have changed my life
and am a happy person. Robin and her crew can have a field day fighting
He then wrote:
Speaking of changing my life, I have to thank NJ Governor Chris
Christie, I know it sounds crazy but I watch his youtube videos daily
and he has completely changed my life. I am more focused, confident and
an all around changed person because of him. Christie inspires me in
such a profound way, I don't even know know how to explain it. The guy
is real, he speaks fro his heart and has made me a better person. I am
happier, I feel better, I handle things directly, the guy changed my
life. Ironically because I am so much more disciplined because of him, I
have lost a ton of weight as well.
I think Jeremy's response was excellent and shows that he has matured into adulthood. I think people sometimes forget that Jeremy entered the political arena when he was 17 years old. Yes, he wrote, did, and said some things I thought were out of line, vicious, and offensive. Yet, I think he deserves the benefit of the doubt that he may have turned his life around. He has lost a great deal of weight and looks better than at any time I have known him. He has a steady job with the City of Kingston that by all accounts he is excelling at. He avoided replying to nasty attacks against him and instead offered a rational defense.
There is nobody --myself included-- that did not say or do something in their youth they wish they could change. It is the nature of life and growing up. The trick is to get past the mistakes, learn from them, and become responsible adults. I like to think I have done so. It looks as if Jeremy has done so as well. Time will tell.
Meanwhile, all the blogs putting up pictures of Jeremy when he was overweight and calling him names should just relax and cut it out. If he is making strides to turn his life around, does he not deserve such a chance?