Mattila's major test, if you can call it that, occurred last week during a meeting with the Democrats' candidate recruitment committee. Given that one -- count 'em, one -- Democrat, himself, was seeking the nomination, Mattila's success was assured. That didn't stop an inquisition of sorts from one or two dissenters, however. That was based mainly on Mattilas statement, after being named interim Trustee by the county commission, that he intended keeping "the team" together that he had inherited from Republican Patterson.
Mattila, who refused to back down on the point, was able to convince most committee members that it would be folly to interrupt continuity in the conduct of the Trustee's office or to junk experienced employees merely because they had been appointed by a Republican. (Mattila himself had been an integral member of the team as governmental liaison.)
In the end, only one member of the examining committee, Tara Maxwell, voted not to endorse Mattila.
The GOP will make its decision at a formal convention on Tuesday after a preliminary meeting of the party's candidate recruitment committee to make a recommendation.
Benedictions from the pulpit bestow an aura of righteousness except, of course, when the pastor or minister is a disreputable kook whose endorsement should be an embarrassment.
In recent weeks, both Barack Obama and John McCain have suffered exactly this kind of indignity, under very different circumstances.