Present and Unaccounted For

Steve Rhodes brings us this classic post on NBC 5 Chicago’s Blog:

When it came time to be counted in the Great Sales Tax Repeal Wars of 2009, history will record that Cook County commissioners Earlean Collins and Robert Steele took their oaths of office and responsibilities to the taxpayers so seriously that they voted “present” while the rest of the board loafed with typical “yes” and “no” votes.

Because voting present on perhaps the defining battle of era takes a lot of guts – or at least chutzpah.

In the scheme of things, voting present was akin to voting to uphold board president Todd Stroger’s veto of the sales tax repeal because 14 votes were needed to overturn Stroger.