Reaction to our story
about City Councilor Alan Shealys consideration of a run for the U.S. Senate was widespread
, and has now prompted an apology from Shealy to his fellow city councilors.
In the story
, Shealy described his frustration with the minutiae of city council work, including the weekly slog through a number of subdivision reviews. He singled out such drudgery as one of the reasons hes had a hard time deciding whether to run for re-election to council or not.
In a subsequent interview, Shealy says that he intends to apologize to the council, and says his dedication to the job has never wavered.
Im immensely proud of what this council does, Shealy told BW
. Weve done a lot, and were going to do a lot more. I didnt mean to imply that the council was ineffective.
He remains frustrated that the council spends too much time working on issues that are, as he put it, below our pay grade.
But he said the impression that he was not dedicated to the councils work was incorrect.
I dont want people who I am representing to feel that I think its all for naught, he said.
As for his pondering a Senate run, Shealy says hes still thinking about it, but wasnt ready to answer which party hed run for. He has been a Republican. Some Democrats and Republicans alike have questioned which party he might run for. He declined to answer that question directly.