Michael Scott was a political operative wonder. The ultimate dealmaker. He was well liked, connected and committed. He was a prince of a guy and considered the go to guy. He empowered and mentored people and brought win-win type resolve to issues and situations. He worked all levels, form the brother on the the corner to the corporate president.
Michael had many friends and we are all in disbelief as the official reports confirm that he committed suicide. Not so. Impossible for this extraordinary leader with the gift of bringing people together. I am convinced that Michael was killed. The question is why. Did he know too much about something? Did the mob issue a hit? Did a deal go wrong? His death reads like a gangster hit with a message. To whom is the question?
The Michael so many of us knew would not have shot himself in the head in the bowel of the city down by the river. He didn't like water. He was a perfectionist and had too many resources to take his life. He knew life was precious. He loved his wife dearly and he adored his children and he wanted to be with them. He indicated in no way that he was troubled. He was being investigated and whereas I don't know the detail of the investigation it seems pretty minor that the President of the Board of Education is investigated for getting kids in school. It seems absolutely trivial that for one who has given so much for free is investigated regarding an expense account conducting city business. Certainly it is not enough to take your life.
Michael recognized life as precious. He was too resourceful, too vivacious to take his own life. His legacy is rich as a public servant who gave tireless to the city he loved, to his people and to his community. He enjoyed challenges. He was beautiful. He will be missed for his presence, his comfort, his laughter and his leadership. And indeed at the end of the day if we are satisfied that he did kill himself, we his friends failed him by not being there, as he has been for us. Michael never would have left us in this mysterious way. I am thankful for his life and his friendship as we approach this thanksgiving holiday.