Let's see this clearly although it is so obvious it barely needs to stated: Maggie Brooks uses county tax dollars to hire highly partisan republican Dennis Vacco to deliver the almost singular message that Maggie Brooks did no wrong. And she expects that this will give us confidence? Can Vacco leave now so we can really get to the bottom of this mess? And sorry Maggie, but your husband is not just a personal issue, he is unfortunately a county and taxpayer issue as well, which could have been totally avoided if your family just kept their alleged hands out of the Monroe County cookie jar. That is your fault, Maggie Brooks.
MJN: I love republicans who come to the light and become Democrats. We need more of them, especially in the County. I say, "Welcome!"
Really, Chris. If you think this is mortifying, you better toughen up. Halloween is just around the corner.
You can be a good Democrat and vote for Tom Richards on the Independence line because Tom Richards is a good Democrat too, and you can be certain there are many Democrats who plan to do just that.
I wish we had a strong qualified African-American female candidate running for Mayor. I think that would be amazing. I am disappointed that we do not have such a candidate in Lovely Warren.
I have worked hard for many female candidates, and supported Bill Johnson many times, including in his campaign against Tom Richards.
Isn't a little bit hypocritical for Warren supporters to dismiss our region's most successful politician, Louise Slaughter for her endorsement of Tom Richards, and then chastise others for honestly asking that look closely at Warren's meek resume of successful initiatives. Being a poor City Council President is not an adequate qualification for being Mayor, no matter what way you slice it.
Don't get me wrong. I like much of her message. I like that she is staking a populist tone. But that alone will not create jobs. That alone will not save neighborhoods and that alone will not keep our city solvent.
And let us all not pretend that Warren will "save" the schools, that her proposals are the magic ticket, that she can transform our troubled educational resources. When will she have time to do that and "save" the city finances, and "save" our jobs, and "save" our neighborhoods and save your son and your daughter and the stray cat next door.
And let's look at this clearly: Warren's campaign is based on racial divisiveness and that is not acceptable for our small city of neighbors. Warren's rhetoric is nothing new. It has been said over and over again. And yet there are more poor families than ever. It is time for the African-American community to find a new way to politically position itself. Stop being so exclusive!
I want to stay the course. That is why I am joining the men and women of all races who support Richards. That unity is good thing. It is an asset we can work with.
Please describe in fifty words or less, Lovely Warren's deep administrative skills that makes her qualified to manage our city's budget and lead our city's workforce. That should be quite easy because she has almost none.
And while we are at it, let's quantify the number of jobs that Warren has created in her role as President of City Council. You won't need to take your socks off for that one.
And further, please describe the exact responsibilities that the Mayor has for running the city schools. Trick question! Surprise! The Mayor does not run the schools! Again, you shouldn't need a diploma to pass this test. (Why doesn't Warren run for School Board where this passion can be truly put to some use?)
While Warren talks a good game, but can't write a coherent sentence, the facts are she simply is not qualified.
And finally, why has she not effectively used her Presidency to work toward these changes she now sees as urgent?
Clint: In July, 2009 City Council approved then Mayor Duffy's scaled down version of the Ren Square project effectively killing the measure. It was a unanimous vote. This closed the book.
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