The Mankato City Council sent a message Monday to Mayor John Brady, who was arrested last month for drunk driving in the Twin Cities just before he flew to China for a city-related trip.
The council voted 3-2 in favor of censuring Brady and asking him to resign. But in the complicated world of city politics, it would have taken four votes for the resolution to pass.
According to the Mankato Free Press, Brady told the council members and residents at the meeting: “No one feels worse about this than I do.”
Although three council members clearly want the mayor to resign, most of the people testifying at the hearing supported Brady, the paper said.
One resident noted that everyone makes mistakes and said: “Let he among you without indiscretion cast the first vote.”
And the paper quoted Jerry Crest, chief administrative officer at Immanuel St. Joseph’s Hospital, who said employees at the hospital would not be fired for a DWI if they address their problem.
“It’s inappropriate to ask someone to be terminated when they have a disease,” he said.
Brady told the paper after the meeting that he wants to “put this behind us.”
And he said: “Now, we go back to work.”
As for the issue of addiction and choices, Brady said alcoholism is “not an understandable behavior.”