May 08, 2008

Debate-O-Rama (the City Council Ed)

KXAN hosted a debate yesterday between the candidates for City Council. I haven't watched it yet, mostly because I've already made up my mind and can't deal with confusion today.

Take a look at it here. Apparently, Kim v. Shade was pretty exciting.

"I'm seeing there's a boldfaced lie come out of her mouth about what I supposedly promised according to some fictitious character," said Shade as she stood next to her Kim during the debate.

"Even on Ms. Shade's Web site, there's a statement by the police union, and they said Ms. Shade is clearly supporting increasing resources in public safety," Kim said.

The fight didn't stop with the two opponents. The fire and police unions have filed a complaint against Kim with the Public Utilities Commission. They said anonymous phone calls are against the law. Kim's campaign said they have already submitted the phone call script to the PUC and were told they have done nothing wrong.

"I think its showing that either Jennifer Kim is running scared and getting desperate, or she's getting really bad advice," said Shade after the debate.

A couple of things...

1) Kim's not desperate... Shade hasn't built the broad base of support even among the activists that she really needs. Not everyone is sold and frankly, we like someone a little irascible in office. When the City Council is chummy things go off the rails quickly and fixing it is usually pretty damn expensive.

2) The PUC signed off on the script. CASE CLOSED. Beside, I don't know anyone who's received this call. NOT A SOUL. So, by bitching and moaning about a call that wouldn't have had much of an impact, you're keeping it in the public eye. Now all anyone knows is that Kim's campaign made a call about Shade's 'commitment' to spend us more into the hole. Nice.

Frankly, there is a limit to how much public safety we can afford. WE'RE THERE. I tell you what, take more police off traffic and put them on violent crime. God knows we could do with a few less working MoPac, 35, 183 and Ben White. SERIOUSLY.

3) We're fed up with the public safety unions playing with the City Council races. They never seem to focus on the big picture and there HAS TO BE A BALANCE.

Finally, if anyone does choose to watch the debate, will you please let me know how badly Meeker shoots himself in the foot?

Posted by hbalczak at May 8, 2008 11:25 AM

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jeez, I can't decide which election I want to be over more -- the Democratic Primary or the City Council Race. The worst thing is that we probably have about a month left of both, given the inevitable run-off in Place 4 and possibly 3.

Posted by: Kedron Touvell [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 06:15 PM

You know, I can't really decide either. Wouldn't it be funny if the runoff in 3 was Weiss v. Kim? If Meeker made it into a runoff with Lee?

Posted by: mcblogger [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 8, 2008 08:57 PM

Looking forward to your liveblog of Meeker's victory party, McB!

Posted by: Mayor McSleaze [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 9, 2008 07:41 AM

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