Life goes on…
Controversial, hard rocking Merriam City Councilman Dan Leap is no more. Politically speaking, that is. Leap lost his bid for re-election in April and has returned full time to the business of making Guitar Lamps and working at the family heating and cooling biz in downtown Merriam.
Oh, and fronting for local rock band Pompous Jack.
"Dude, I ain’t on the council anymore," Leap says. "I lost by about 40 votes. I got beat by a school teach, an ex school teacher. I was there for eight years."
Leap narrowly lost his bid to become Merriam’s mayor two years back in a hotly-contested, threeway struggle that resulted in the winner conceding and apologizing for misstated facts during the final days of the campaign.
As for life after politics, "It’s good," Leap says. "Hell, I’ve been so busy with the band and playing guitars is a lot more fun than politicing. But I’ve still got some political connections. I talked my bass player into running for Ward 1 City Council in Merriam and he ran unapposed. So I’ve got a connection if I need one."
Meanwhile, Leap broke up with his girlfriend of 20 years, closed his retail boutique in downtown Merriam but he still has a giant "peep show" display and hole set up in the window that fronts his combination home and guitar lamp manufacturing facility.
"I’m fully online now at guitarlamp.com," Leap says. "I was selling a lot more online than I was selling out of the store, so I decided to go 100 percent online. And you gotta come see my new toys. I got me a cotton candy machine and I made a slushy machine out of a garbage disposal."
Hey, he still has his "peep show."
"I’ve got a TV set up behind it and I just play videos now," Leap says. "Right now, it’s just cartoons."
Any word as to whether he’s missed now at City Hall?
"I don’t know how they feel about it," Leap muses. "I hear the new ward councilman in my seat’s been asking a lot of stupid questions. So I don’t know if they miss me or not. But my guess would be no."