Indian Trail, N.C. councilman David Waddell surprised fellow council after handing in his resignation letter. The resignation was not the surprise. Mr. Waddell, a grown man and a real politician, penned his letter in Klingon.
For those who may be unfamiliar, Klingon a fictional race/language that comes from the popular Star Trek TV series. This is how David Waddell chose to resign; he thought it would be funny.
“Folks don’t know what to think of me half the time,” said Waddell, so “I might as well have one last laugh”
David Waddell said that the resignation will take effect from Jan, 31.
Knowing that Klingon will be problematic for people to understand, Waddell decided to add a Bing Translation to the sentences.
“Teach (the) city (the) constitution. I will return next time to witness victory. Resignation occurs in 2014 the 31st of January. Perhaps today is a good day (to) resign.” Waddell term would have expired in 2015.
The letter was delivered to the town mayor, who was not amused by the gesture. He described it as childish and embarrassing.
“It’s an embarrassment for Indian Trail, and it’s an embarrassment for North Carolina,” he said. However, the mayor wished him well. “I wish him the best, live long and prosper. I don’t know what else to say,” Alvarez said.
(image)In an interview on Thursday, Waddell elaborated on his reasons for resigning. Waddell cited the town’s laxity to implement development plans and poor response to public records access as part of his reason for resignation.
On the other hand, Mayor Alvarez said that Waddell was a conservative minority among development-minded liberals who are trying to improve the area’s infrastructure. He also said Waddell was constantly opposing everything including motions for adjournment.
Waddell, a former plumber, said that he would be more useful if he attended board meetings as a citizen. The time would also allow him to speak out on community issues and possibly campaign for a senate seat.
His replacement will be deliberated later this month.