Yakima councilman-elect Ensey says he won't quit despite mayor's request
Yakima mayor Dave Edler
Yakima, WA - A newly elected Yakima City Council Member remains defiant despite a call from the mayor to step aside.
Mayor Dave Edler is asking Rick Ensey to bow out.
Edler says he's been bombarded with complaints from people about Ensey, since he admitted his wife was behind an anonymous blog attacking his opponent, Ron Bonlender.
"I'm going to enjoy the holidays, take the oath of office in January and when this whole matter goes to court, I'm going to make sure my side of the story gets out," Ensey told us by phone.
He was un-phased by the mayor's request.
"It's just politics. To me, the citizens have been saying very clearly we don't want our politicians to act this way," says Edler.
He has taken this stance three weeks after Ensey came clean about the anonymous blog Inside Yakima, which was actually written by his wife, Diane.
The blog claimed that Bonlender had been arrested for drunk driving.
Bonlender has responded with a defamation lawsuit.
"Well, the only time Mayor Edler took the time to talk to me face to face was about a minute and a half out by the front door of city hall," says Ensey, "So I'm a little disappointed that he didn't take the time to sit down with me for a good length of time before he did this."
The mayor says all the city council can do at this point is censure Ensey when he takes office.
Edler decided to put more public pressure on him, even if he still has to work with him for the next four years.
"Yeah, it's going to be a little awkward possibly," says Edler, "But I'm willing to live with that."