Political consultant Lorlee Bartos vents on FrontBurner posts from last week in which we disputed the DMN‘s recent position that the city is too ungovernable for a smart person to want to be mayor. Or something like that.
Here is my post to Wick on this same subject. What koolaid are you guys drinking over there? Talk to some real people who live in the City.
And as to why all of these guys lining up — ever heard of ego? Most of politics is driven by ego. As a student of politics for going on 45 years now, there are very few who do it for altruisic reasons.
Also, there is a bit of sexism mixed in there as well since so many of them are men, they just want to prove that a man can do it.
And below is my post.
Then Ronald Reagan was elected–and changed the world while taking afternoon naps. The city ran well under Ron Kirk, and it is running well now, perhaps better than it has in 20 years, under city manager Mary Suhm backed by a fairly united City Council. This despite a sometimes-brilliant-sometimes-utterly-dysfunctional mayor. The News needs to catch up. Good news may not be much fun, but sometimes even a columnist like Jackie Floyd could try her hand at actual reporting
RR changed the world — but was it for the better. Ron Kirk was an out and out dictator who was there to enrich some folks with the AA center and the Trinity River
And I don’t many who think that it is running well now. A bunch of bozos down there. They are united — like spoiled children — only when they oppose the Mayor and when they want additional pork.
Let’s see, running well, Can’t collect parking tickets, can’t collect library fines, can’t pave the streets…. But can vote for “Eye Candy on the River Crap” and give away the store while neighborhoods languish.
But then if you live in the Park Cities, the view is always rarified. Try living where you have to fight drug dealers or prostitutes with limited assistance, fight your own City Councilman to get the streets and sidewalks your neighborhood desperately wants but since it is his fiefdom the others won’t vote against him, deal with Code Enforcement that can’t deal with a complaint without a half dozen calls, or zoning violations that were there when I moved in (oh and that would be 26 years and counting).
Floyd nailed it.