Fri May 25, 2012, 10:26 PM
Baitball Blogger (20,942 posts)
Clueless local Republican politician.
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He's running for a state office and I've been comparing the things that he says in the paper about himself to his actual track record. The disconnect is incredible. Except, of course, only his inner circle and I really understand the contradictions.
He was a Mayor for my City at one time, so where there are tapes there is a track record to follow. In the paper he says he believes in forging relationships with business organizations and creating partnerships. He also claims to be in favor of transparency. The two things, I believe, are mutually exclusive.
Here's a great example to point that out: In a Commission meeting someone from the Chamber of Commerce appeared to reveal that he was contacted directly by the Mayor to ask for support for an economic development program. The Chamber board members responded by appearing in that meeting to introduce themselves. You would think that this kind of relationship would be recorded, but the minutes omitted the names of the board members, or that the Mayor instigated this relationship. Transparency? I don't think so.
In the same meeting. THE SAME MEETING, there was a transfer of $4000 dollars through a Beautification Project to a private residential community where the Mayor's political cronies lived. I was never sure if it was sent as a token to show goodwill to Chamber members who lived there, or if it was used to buy the HOA's ARB approval for a house that belonged to one of the Mayor's supporters. Maybe he was killing two birds with one stone?
In a nutshell, this is what local politicians have become to us ordinary people: They are people who are given the political positions to undermine the laws to benefit their cronies who will be the first to benefit directly from any economic development schemes the City can come up with.
Make no mistake that this is not a victimless crime, since we all lose our rights when the City supports cronies in our community who are undermining our rights as homeowners in these Associations.
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