I don't know if you have caught Sheila campaign strategy, but she needs a villain. There have a been a series of attempts to discredit Brad, as a matter of fact, there is nothing to Sheila's campaign that isn't a direct attack. The problem she has, is that she has been on the city council and voted for most of the things she is complaining about. The few things that she didn't vote for have mostly turned out well. said…
I should preface my comment by stating that I am undecided as far as how I will vote this Election Day. However, it seems to me that, in the case of Sheila Simon, the matter of hypocrisy cannot go unattended.
First, why has Simon only recently developed skepticism with regard to City money? What does it say about her ethos, as a potential holder of Public Office, that she took it on "faith" to trust "the system set up by City Hall" then questioned it as soon as it did not serve her interests? Is she not part of that same system she now criticizes?
Furthermore, as our representatives, do we not vote for city council men and women to carryout the task of assessing "facts," and not acting on "faith" alone, when it comes to voting on all kinds of issues? I work too hard for my small wages to be spent “on faith.” I would want my council person to know what it is he or she is voting for when issuing a vote.
Moreover, there is a problem when criticizing spending turns into economic protectionism disguised as a concern for local business. In some ways it feels like a thin veil for conservatism. Finally, unless my logic is incredibly eschewed, and please correct me if I’m wrong, how is it that a public university's travel budget is different than the "public's dime?"
It never bodes well when double-standards govern a politican's rhetoric.
She hasn't done anything for the last 4 years, now all of a sudden she needs some heat. As it becomes closer to the election, her talking points are being debated and found wanting. If the city wasn't going the right way, this would be easier to play this blame game. The problem for Sheila is that we have had a great run for the last 4 years and there isn't much to complain about.
The city of Carbondale has taken in and spent some $200M in the last 4 years, and all the waste she can find are the things she voted to approve? The waste is $500? $2000? $5000? Seems like desperation doesn't it?
I have this great Sheila Simon pamphlet they have been leaving on people's doors of late, it is the standard pandering and no accomplishment drivel. I'll work that over in the next few days.
I agree, she seemed like a better candidate before she decided to get desperate and nasty. I thought she wouldn't be effective, but I never thought she was going to turn to dirty tricks and a media smears to win. Good for Brad for just calmly responding to each point.
For me, I'll take 4 more years of what we have please.