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Sharing the secret to this hair could solve a lot of problems.
Up in Snohomish County, Executive Aaron Reardon's over-candidness in e-mails is straining

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Reardon Watch: Insulting E-Mails Call for an Olive Branch and Style Advice

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Sharing the secret to this hair could solve a lot of problems.
Up in Snohomish County, Executive Aaron Reardon's over-candidness in e-mails is straining an already bad relationship between himself and the County Council, which is apparently immune to his warm smile.

This week the Everett Herald published e-mails showing that Reardon hasn't just publicly fought with the five men comprising the legislative branch of Snohomish County government, he questioned the mental acuity of councilmember Brian Sullivan and did a little digging into the guy.

Sullivan had expressed concern last August that the firing of county planning director Craig Ladiser, who allegedly got drunk and exposed himself at a golf tournament, would lead to disarray in the department. Reardon retorted in a midnight e-mail to a staff member that Sullivan was "suffering from a head injury."

Later, council members, including Sullivan, made a public show of keeping tabs on a review of the planning department. Reardon's staff then looked into whether Sullivan, who once worked under Ladiser, had ever complained. He hadn't.

After being shown the emails, Sullivan told the Herald : "Potentially, there's some paranoia involved here."

The bickering between Reardon and the council has gotten so bad that Reardon felt compelled to address it in his State of the County speech.

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Sullivan might not have a head injury, but he could do better than a buzz cut.
Clearly these men need something to bond over. Reardon insulted Sullivan's head, so perhaps that's also a subject on which he can reach out.

Reardon keeps his thick hair tastefully short and combed back, but without looking used-car-salesman slick. Sullivan sports a buzz cut. Finding the right barber isn't easy, but it seems Reardon has had success.

Attempts at explaining an e-mailed insult might prove fruitless, but sharing the name of a great hair stylist may do more to heal these wounds than words ever could.

 
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