One left the country for reasons never really fully explained, and despite promises made to the contrary has yet to return. Another quietly retired from politics after a single term to raise a family out from under the public spotlight, and the third? Well, that is the biggest mystery of all. She just sort of vanished from public sight. Slipped quietly into the ether and blew away, without any explanation whatsoever.
Has there ever been a Mayor anywhere in this troubled old world who decided to leave office and didn't bother to tell anyone? Nancy Walsh, who never drew the papers necessary to run for a second term of office, became ineligible to seek reelection after yesterday's 5PM deadline for incumbents. She didn't issue any public statements or press releases about this momentous decision, no condolences were given to her disappointed followers, no speeches were made, no dinners held, nor did she speak to the news media about why exactly she has chosen to so abruptly end her career in politics.
She didn't do anything. The deadline for filing came and went, and nothing was said. That was it.
And here is the really crazy thing. Nobody seemed too concerned about it, either. The Mountain Views News, the paper most clearly aligned with the policies and personality of Mayor Walsh, had precious little to say about her mysterious political fate. The Pasadena Star News, The Sierra Madre Patch, the Sierra Madre News.net, Sierra Madre Weekly, none of them had any news about this strange and remarkable event. There were no "will she or won't she?" kinds of articles. No speculation, no questions, no demands for any explanations from concerned citizens, no letters to the editor, bake sales, dog washes, nothing. Only silence.
It's almost as if none of this ever really happened. The Civility Party, after four years of dithering over some of the worst kinds of problems this city has ever faced, finally just collapsed under the weight of its own absurdity.
And nobody seemed to notice, or care.