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Hail Hail the Eyeball Kid!
Is there really such a thing as the DREADED EVIL EYE? Do vile individuals in our community possess an eerie, supernatural power that allows them to cast strange spells on their enemies? Are local political leaders in mortal danger of being DESTROYED by diabolical EVILDOERS? Or... is it just a figment of tortured imaginations???

Perhaps the answers to those questions can be found in the following story by Ron Hamilton that appeared in the January 19, 2010 edition of The Shelbyville News.

Mayor not ready to commit to another four years

After six years in office as the city's chief executive, Shelbyville Mayor Scott Furgeson said last week that he still hasn't got used to his political enemies "giving him the evil eye" when he walks into a room.

"I guess I shouldn't pay attention to it, but it's part of my personal makeup and it's hard to change," Furgeson said. "I don't like going places and having people look at me like they're mad at me or they hate me. I'm not sure I'll ever get totally used to that."  

The mayor was asked late last week after he returned to work from corrective eye surgery in Indianapolis if he could visualize himself running for reelection next year and becoming only the second Shelbyville mayor in history - after Dan Theobald from 1980 through 1992 - to win three terms as the city's chief executive.

"I don't know that becoming the second mayor to win three consecutive terms means anything to me personally," he said. "I'm not going to make that final decision until this fall after the county elections are over, most likely not until December. But if I had to make that decision today, I can tell you that the answer would be no."

Furgeson said there always comes a time when other people have better ideas and next year might be time for a change. He said he has always liked political gamesmanship - friendly competition - but the dirty politics of running for office sometimes takes a personal toll on him.

"This is my 15th year in city government, since I served two terms on the city council before I was elected mayor," he said. "I enjoy the job, but sometimes the pettiness of the haters who say nasty things makes it difficult for me to remain focused. The 'B.S.' can get to you after a while, especially when you put your whole heart and soul into something and try to do what you think is right."

He said he believes the most important projects from his administration the past six years will carry on.

"Big projects are not necessarily the mayor's ideas or agendas," he said. "They are usually nonpartisan ideas about what's best for the city."

The mayor said Shelbyville has a good history - a good tradition - of different mayors carrying on with others' projects. He cited the new city-county park as an example.

"The new park recently built was basically Mayor Betsy Stephen's idea from the 1990s that carried on through Mayor Frank Zerr's administration and on into mine," he said. "The Southeast Corridor project between South State Road 9 and East McKay Road was another of Betsy's ideas that was continued through Frank's administration and into mine and should be completed this summer."

The mayor also pointed to family obligations and personal finances as compelling matters to consider when making up his mind whether or not to run for another term in office.

"I have a beautiful wife and two wonderful children, and I'd like to spend more time with them," he said. "Also, I have to think about my responsibilities as part-owner of Cagney's restaurant downtown. That won't keep forever."

Content Copyright - The Shelbyville News

Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010
Article comment by: Butch

I've been told that The Strand Theater may be planning to show an old horror movie from the 1950s...

"The 2-Devouring Dreaded Evil Eye of Blue River."

Posted: Friday, January 22, 2010
Article comment by: Kathy Kelley

Goodness, Fergies Follies has given him the heebie jeebies. I guess God is speaking to him. YOU reap what you sow!

Posted: Thursday, January 21, 2010
Article comment by: Contact Lens

I went over to Intelliplex a few days ago to try to sell some term life insurance policies. I figured that with the 6,000-28,000 people (that Horner is telling the state that are working there), I could make some quick cash.

But I could only find about 60 people and none of them wanted term life insurance.

As I was getting ready to leave, there it was! The Dreaded Evil Eye coming from a window at the law office complex!!!

It was hideous! I am still shaking and I will never go back to Intelliplex again without pepper spray!

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Article comment by: Evil is as Evil Does

Furgy of course it seems as every one is giving you the evil eye while you are so busy looking over your shoulder. Your evil ways and misdeeds are starting to catch up with you! After all you have been awful busy the last 6 years taking care of every one you deem important. Go back to passing out free bread sticks and cheese, we taxpayers are tired of you passing out our money and tax breaks.

Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Article comment by: 20-20

I knew it!

I knew that The Dreaded Evil Eye has followed me every time I wander onto TIF property or onto a parking lot of a local business that has gotten tax abatements every year for the past century.

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