In exit interview, Mark Lovelace declares himself way smarter than other Supervisors, discusses what a lonely little man he is

After eight years on the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, Mark Lovelace couldn’t wait to shovel some shit onto his former colleagues and all of the people in Humboldt County that didn’t bow down to his enlightened policy positions.

In two separate interviews, Marky Mark sat down with the LoCO and the Times-Standard  to chat about his time in office. And let’s just say that he didn’t paint a very rosy portrait of his time in the Supervisors’ chair – nor did his comments reflect very well on himself, either.

The Times-Standard article isn’t all that revelatory, but it’s interesting to see the difference in tone between Mark’s interview with the T-S and his interview with the LoCo. Namely, that Mark seemed to be a lot more willing to throw people under the bus with the LoCo.

From blaming shadowy cabals for his inefficacy to calling his fellow Supervisors idiots, Mark seemed more than happy to vent 8 years worth of frustration for all of Humboldt to read. Not all that professional, no, but a real hoot to read.

Perhaps the harshest remarks Mark makes are when he says that working with the other Supervisors was difficult because he is more intelligent than they are and though he was encouraged by LoCO to say that other Board members were not autonomous, he stopped just short – but then went on to insinuate that, indeed, his colleagues are beholden to other interests. (Which, hey, they very well may be – just like Mark himself.)

We believe – according to a quick internet search – that the term for many of Lovelace’s comments are called “humble-bragging.” For example, when Mark points to his difficulties gaining support for “the brilliance of [his] position” because other Board members couldn’t make rational arguments like him, and instead ignored his input because he wasn’t popular. It sure must be tough being the smartest guy in the room all of the time,

Reading that, THC felt a light bulb go off in our heads. Does Mark mean to suggest that in order to persuade people to vote your way you can’t just tell them you’re way f***ing smarter than they are? Absolutely shocking.

Mark’s failure to grasp the reality of his inability to gain the support of his colleagues is almost baffling, but not if you take into account that a good number of our Supervisor’s can’t seem to get their heads out of their asses, either. Here’s another example:

Sundberg, County, lament they couldn’t trick Humboldt’s ignorant voters into Measure U; exploring new ways to take your money for trails and airports

We wonder if the condition is a prerequisite for becoming a Supervisor, or if it’s something that affects you once you sit down in the chair.

Anyhow, sayonara Mark, and we might actually miss you when you’re gone. Without you, who will fill the starring role in so many THC graphics?

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We hear it's because Lovelace just likes the hit and run game, but that's just a rumor

Also, if you see Mark on the street please make sure to say hello or acknowledge him.You know how it makes him feel when he’s completely ignored – and he just might schedule an interview with Ryan Burns to tell all of Humboldt what a meanie you are.

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5 Responses to In exit interview, Mark Lovelace declares himself way smarter than other Supervisors, discusses what a lonely little man he is

  1. John Chiv says:

    Of course Marky Mark sat down and poured his heart out to the Lost Coast Outhouse, a nickname, shared on my blog by a commenter. LOCO’s audience is primarily one mindset. The sane commenter have found other choices.

    Maybe Mark can get a job in Hillary’s administration. Oh wait, she same lost and she too blames everyone else.

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  2. I’m going to have to learn more about this self-sacrificing public servant (actual facts) and then read the two interviews.

    I had been active in some nonprofit groups (legally nonprofit, mind you) and when some of my fellow citizens asked me to run for a seat on a local community services board I said I would consider it. I had worked with these people, they were respected (as much as any community member can be, given the differences in opinions) and I thought perhaps they saw skills and such that could benefit the group. I got the list of registered voters, put out a couple ads in the local paper, talked with people in person and decided win or lose, it was interested. I’m not schizophrenic, I just like to see both sides of most things.
    I lost and celebrated the freedom it meant. Another election, I was asked again (more people, some of the same), gave it another go but with greatly reduced expectations and lost again. It seems the very people who had asked me to run were too busy to go vote and it was their few votes that made the difference.
    This time I decided I would examine the various people and their motives more closely and adjust my involvement with them in other activities.
    As far as I could tell, I was there to make someone else a better candidate. Well, so glad to be of service!
    I didn’t get mad, and I didn’t get even. Didn’t need to. You watch and you wait and things are revealed. The person elected didn’t see that he owed anything to anyone and actually didn’t like the person doing the manipulating. I might have felt a small debt of gratitude. Amazing how you can really win when it appears that you’ve lost.
    I’ve read it before and it still is true:
    “Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made”. Otto von Bismarck

    Whatever reasons people have for public service (elected officials) they usually don’t stand up to much scrutiny. Anyone who thinks they have all the right ideas and answers doesn’t really know what the problems are. And there are no hard and fast rules about even defining the ‘problems’.
    Like the story of the blind men and the elephant, each of them described what they could perceive of the animal. And what each was accurate in what they perceived, they were incapable of grasping the larger picture, the entire animal.
    And ultimately, it is the ego that leads all of us astray, one way or another. A humble person might say, “oh, I don’t know, I couldn’t begin to understand the problem”, while their own experiences
    could have given them insight into the matter. The intellectual is quite certain he’s examined all the possible approaches, consulted the best opinions (of his chosen authorities) and come up with a program which can be demonstrated to bring the maximum results if followed as laid out.
    And there are more variables about why what might be a ‘good idea’ isn’t or why a ‘bad idea’ could be the only solution possible at the time.
    And no matter how well educated we are, what we’ve read and learned and explored, we are still
    limited by our own human emotional attachments to our ideas.
    Some of the most useful people I’ve known managed to get their ideas across in easy to understand ways. They don’t treat people as if they’re stupid; they find out what someone does know and then helps them build on that knowledge. That can build trust and it can build friendships. And it fosters respect.
    And if Lovelace didn’t show his fellow supervisors any respect how could he even begin to find a common ground for useful discussions?
    I think he has also forgotten (or perhaps not given any value to ) the opinions of those people who voted for the other supervisors. They were all elected under the same system as Mr. Lovelace was.
    So things aren’t going well. People have valid complaints and want to see changes. But they’re not going to choose to blindly follow someone who hasn’t bothered to get to know what ‘they’ want and need. However many people voted for Mr. Lovelace, each vote is a separate voter, as separate choice. It doesn’t necessarily represent a voting block or a single group committed to certain actions.
    Ultimately, I don’t need to know anything about Mr. Lovelace. His situation is that of many public office holders who aren’t trusted by the voters. And they never look in the mirror.

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  3. jingle bells says:

    …says the guy who spent his afternoon making cute little mark lovelace memes to impress his fellow farts on a virtual soap box! OMG they are sew key-YOOT!!! merry christmas, loser!

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