Connie Trube should resign from the La Marque City Council.
Deanna Bethea, a former council candidate, accused Trube of saying she wanted to close the public library because only African-Americans used it.
Trube denied that.
But both Mayor Bobby Hocking and City Manager Carol Buttler said Trube made similar remarks in 2012.
Reasonable people can wonder why the mayor and city manager didn’t say something sooner. But that shouldn’t overshadow the fact that both spoke up.
The council acted properly Monday night in censuring Trube and in hiring a law firm to investigate a serious complaint — that the racial prejudice of individual office holders in the city is influencing the city’s policies.
The law firm, Olson & Olson, promised a quick investigation. The report is expected June 30.
During the special meeting Monday night, Trube blasted her critics and denied the accusations. She told Hocking: “Unless you can prove it, it’s just your word against mine.”
She’s right in a sense. This is a test of credibility.
But what started as a test of one person’s word against hers became a test of two people’s word against hers, then three.
Trube did not help her own case Monday night. The language she used in defending her record wasn’t reassuring.
As a result, people are going to wonder, with every vote she casts, whether she has the best interests of all the people of La Marque in mind — or just people of a certain color. Inevitably, some of those questions about her fairness will spill over on the council as a whole.
In a city in which more than one-third of the population is African-American, that’s just not going to work.
For the good of the council and the city it governs, Trube should step down.
• Heber Taylor