On Being Called Maverick

By October 31, 2014Letters

Submitted by Richard Peachey. During the mayoralty debate last night Bruce Banman called Henry Braun a “maverick.”

Definition of “maverick“:
[mav-er-ik, mav-rik] noun
Southwestern U.S. an unbranded calf, cow, or steer, especially an unbranded calf that is separated from its mother.
a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates:
a modern-dance maverick.
Synonyms: nonconformist, individualist; free thinker; loner, lone wolf.
a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas:
You can’t muzzle a maverick.
Synonyms: rebel, cowboy; loose cannon.

So actually, “maverick” would seem to be a highly suitable term for a cattle rancher (!) who thinks independently from his colleagues.

Henry Braun is a diligent investigative researcher. He is known for doing his homework. While not a “rebel” or “loose cannon” in any bad sense — he is a well-established businessman of long experience — he is certainly an individual who does his own reading, and his own thinking, and comes to his own conclusions. If on occasion he is a “nonconformist” (not a “team player”) it is for good, well-thought-out reasons.

Bruce Badmouth accused Henry Braun of voting against jobs, and of voting against needed transport for students. Henry capably responded that he voted the way he did due to the unavailability of adequate financial information for the projects under discussion.

Bruce Badmayor, who last night was wearing a flashy yellow “power tie,” would evidently prefer to have sheepish unanimity on city council.

But that’s the kind of approach that gave us Plan A — remember?

Henry Braun some time ago wrote an excellent column warning of the dangers of Groupthink, and he has been doing his best to live out what he said in that column:

On November 15, Henry Braun will definitely get my vote.

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