Before getting down to official business, Escambia County Commission Chairman Wilson Robertson took a moment to crush a child’s vision of Christmas and blow the whole Santa-scam out of the water.
Commissioners began their Dec. 8 meeting with a holiday-themed appearance by Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman. The winter-wonderland crew handed out candy and invited the board to sing along on a rendition of “White Christmas” — only commissioners Marie Young and, a very reserved, Gene Valentino joined in.
Chairman Robertson then informed the gallery that Santa Claus was, in fact, former WEAR Channel 3 anchor Dave Daughtry. Fellow commissioner Grover Robinson accused his cohort of breaking the “Code of Santa Claus.”
Robertson protested, explaining that he had checked the chamber for children prior to giving away the big secret. Members of the gallery then pointed out that there was a child seated near the front.
“Oh, I missed one over there,” Robertson said, searching for a recovery … “Well, I tell you one thing, he came all the way from the North Pole.”