This morning I shared with one of my associates why I do not support Salt Lake County mayoral candidate Mark Crockett.
At the outset of his political career—he set his first-attempt sights on the United States Congress—Crockett sought to engage the RESPONSE Agency. When I met with him, my inner Flakey Client Warning Alarm went off. Admittedly, “political candidate” is almost enough to trigger the alarm on its own, but in this case there were other reasons. I declined his business.
My then-fiancée, a freelance writer who needed work, decided to take on Crockett as a client. She delivered the project he ordered, following which he failed to pay his bill. He didn’t even have the decency to refuse to pay or to challenge the amount; he simply ignored it. She sent repeated reminders, which he also ignored.
Finally, she took Crockett to Small Claims Court. When the court date arrived, Crockett didn’t bother to show up. Naturally, the court ruled in her favor.
A few weeks later, presumably upon receiving the court’s judgment against him, Crockett mailed a check for payment in full. He enclosed a note that blathered about having gotten so busy that he simply overlooked paying her invoice.
Simply overlooked? Simply overlooked after several meetings with her, accepting work from her, and receiving repeated billing statements and a Small Claims summons?
“He is a would-be thief and a liar,” I told my associate, without exaggerating.
“Well,” replied my associate with a cheerful lilt, “Sounds like he’ll fit right in.”