GINA IS ONE OF THE "GOOD GUYS" and part of our own local "AVENGERS INITIATIVE"
DOES IT BOTHER ANYONE BESIDES ME THAT WE HAVE ELECTED AT LEAST ONE PERSON WE HAVE ON RECORD FOR DISHONESTY?? On Monday April 26th, at a candidate forum, I revealed that the Mayor Henry was part of the collective bargaining termination and should be held equally responsible along with all six Republicans who supported it. A day later, on Tuesday, April 27th, Jeremy Bush of the Fort Wayne Firefighters released an audio tape of Tom Didier confirming that the Mayor wanted to eliminate collective bargaining. A day or so later, Didier and Mayor Henry are working together to explain how Didier “misunderstood” what Henry said??? Clearly, someone is not telling the truth. Either Didier lied to the Firefighters Union OR Didier lied when he agreed that he “misunderstood” the Mayor. OR Tom Henry lied. In any case, the 3rd District voted in at least one liar. How do we expect elected leaders to be accountable for their actions when we, as a community, do not hold them accountable for their words?? http://wane.com/…/mayor-councilman-misunderstood-collectiv…/
Below is my review of the Didier-Henry matter. It’s a very good read in terms of Didier’s making it through the primary and the Democrats having already withdrawn one Democrat from that primary race. It’s also an interesting read when you see the outcome of the 2nd District Democratic primary race---which is close and for which the OFFICIAL results have not been released as of 5 pm today, May 6th. (How long does it take to count provisional ballots??) Jehl---who was unopposed in the Primary---came out yesterday and spent TWO HOURS glued beside Michelle Hill in an effort to attract voters over to the Republican primary, to vote for him versus a Democrat. He never bestowed such an honor onto Michelle Merritt. I wonder why???http://burgessreport.blogspot.com/…/whose-telling-truth-may…
Here is Jeremy Bush’s interview on the Pat Miller Show:http://www.wowo.com/…/Pat-Miller-Talks-With-Jeremy-Bush-on-…
After reviewing all of this – I again ask: Is anyone else bothered that we have elected at least one liar, maybe two? On purpose?
During collective bargaining debates last summer, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry was very vocal in support of the unions, but a city councilman said behind closed doors, the...
WILL THERE BE A DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE IN DISTRICT 1? Most likely yes. There were two District 1 candidates available in the At-Large race. Terry Anderson and Lloyd Osborne both hail from the 1st District.
So why didn't they run in the 1st District race? Because the At-Large race offered one opportunity for them to both get through. If one got through in the At-Large race and the other didn't, then the other could be caucused into the 1st District. Same thing has the potential over in the 3rd District.
Its a political strategy that allows the Party to give their favored candidates a second bite at the apple, so to speak. Plus, the Party needed Anderson to block my name from being a top of the ballot pick and Osborne's name to crowd the end of the ballot so that voters would be overwhelmed by the sheer number of candidates and be more inclined to vote for the first three names. It was a brilliant strategy by the ACDP Chairman that worked. (Yes, that was a compliment--I may not like "politicking" but I do appreciate good political strategy when I see it, even when that strategy is being employed against me. Its kind of like when you play chess, sometimes Queen takes all and sometimes she doesn't--but you still appreciate the Queen.)
WHY TOM SMITH LOST? Smith lost to Paul Ensley because of a couple of factors:
(1) Tom Smith's message of continued spending on parking garages and roundabout did not resonate with fiscal conservatives in the 1st District. I spent a lot of time up there and in the 2nd District. Lots of unhappy people there.
(2) Smith caused his own problems with the GOP political machine when he pre-emptively outted legislation that Mitch Harper had been working on with Liz Brown a few months ago--effectively stealing Harper's thunder and drawing behind-the-scenes ire from his fellow Republicans.
(3) Smith continued to cause problems for himself when he -- to his credit -- correctly completed the CAN-12 Statement of Economic Interest by listing his income as a member of Fort Wayne City Council. This was something that not a single other member of City Council did. Had he not been transparent in that regard, I and others would not have been in a position to question why the 8 other members of City Council did not report their governmental wages.
(4) Smith had grown a bit pompous and was becoming a control issue. He wasn't the only control issue on Council, but only needs to be made an example of to remind the other members of Council to fall in line and not ask so many pesky questions (when they do ask questions).
(5) For all the problems Smith was causing the establishment, he was also buying into his own "invincibility." He hasn't been responsive to voters nor constituents for years and was never held accountable for his short-comings. The establishment let him (and others) get away with that because that makes these guys vulnerable and easier to get rid of when they no longer serve their purpose.
(6) Smith was the "heir apparent" candidate, the establishment was looking for a "spare" candidate. State Rep Bob Morris---Paul Ensley's employer --- found the perfect "spare" candidate--someone already dependent upon someone (Morris) dependent upon the Party.
(7) Smith became too comfortable and didn't see the changes coming. He got sideswiped. For all his talk about "campaigning"--that's all it was talk and a few signs here and there. Yes, Paul Ensley had more signs, but Ensley did something else way more important than signs. He talked to constituents. I know because some of his people crossed paths with some of my people. Talking to people allowed them an alternative to Smith. Many of those voters also crossed over to vote for me, just not enough. Ensley was smart--as soon as he realized that residents want less Downtown spending and more responsive leadership, he began reaching out to other people on social media.
Kudos to Paul Ensley for taking advantage of this opportunity. Hopefully, he will learn some lessons from Tom Smith: (1) You are never replaceable. (2) You have to keep the lines of communication open with all your constituents--even those you disagree with or just don't like. (3) The less dependent you are upon your political party, the more difficult your campaign will be---but that if you are doing your job, the less expensive your campaign can be as well. (Ok, #3 is more a lesson from John Crawford playbook about how to buy your Council seat when you fail to represent your constituents, but it still applies here.) wink emoticon