The Slugger and The Foot
With all the chat about The Leak from Frank here and from Sara here another aspect of the Police Union raise issue has been ignored: Mayor Marty Blum.
She's a slugger and a fighter all right. Speaks her mind, breast cancer survivor, populist politician, all that. But hey, it's hard to knock a homer with your foot in your mouth. Do not get me wrong, but BlogaBarbara is about free speech, and here is my take, is Slugger swinging at the right pitches? Taking on the Police Union? I'm not so sure, I've got my doubts. Even if she's against the raise, why so strident? Quotes like these seem much:
"It makes me sick...I see the people who are running for office very worried about getting the police endorsement.Couldn't she oppose the raise without striking strident tones against others on City Council? She's probably correct, but still, why this fight?
On the other hand, it seems quite odd to me that she and Dan Secord -- her most-rumored challenger for Mayor -- voted in unison on this one. Why didn't he side with the police and set himself up for an endorsement? In an election year, how could these two seemingly inevitable rivals be on the same page?
I must admit that Iya Falcone comes off poorly, and that she looks, well, kinda spiteful or guilty or just silly. I just don't get how Secord and Blum voted the same way. Picking fights, no matter the validity, with the Police Union seems weird when running for Mayor, at least to me. There is something here that we simply are not privy to, not yet anyway.
Finally, Blum states:
Brave, I guess. Stupid and brave? Smart and brave? Jury out. Strike? Ball? Walk? Don't know. A strange fight to fight. But then again, we at BlogaBarbara pick fights with folks who buy ink by the barrel -- so who are we to judge?
"If I don't get re-elected because I believe we shouldn't be spending our reserves, I am going to have to do something else than be mayor. I don't want to be on a council with no reserves. I am happy to be fiscally responsible and if people don't like that, there's an easy way they can get rid of me."
Hard not to like her, but I must admit that it's totally gonna be fun to watch this game play out, extra innings or not.