I also said in a speech to Morning Rotary prior to the television debate that I was not "attempting to be the rooster taking credit for the sunrise" and that matters like debt reduction were among the positive developments enacted by this Council while I was in the leadership role.
The Mayor does set the tone for what happens and frankly what person running for office wouldn't point to the positive trends ? A technical examination of the "record" cuts both ways.
For instance last week , both my opponent and I voted in favor of a $10,000 raise for the head of the City's Civil Service office. That could be spun as a long overdue adjustment as the pay was out of whack with other management and stems from a time when the position was part time.
Or one could say it's just plain wrong to hand out what amounted to a 26% raise in a time when working families are struggling and unemployment is high.
As I said, the record shows we both voted for it.....you pick the spin you want to put on it.
My favorite past vote to talk about was my sole opposition to an absolutely unconscionable sale of a State Street gas station at private sale when a qualified and reputable bidder was sitting in Council Chambers offering $50,000 more. That's what the "record" shows.
So my point is that this is a race about the future and who has the judgement and temperment to lead the Council. Yes, past actions are an indicator of future results, and in upcoming interviews I am more than happy to talk about both the record and the future.
Which brings me to the fact I am a guest on Glenn Curry's "Live at Five" program on Thursday. Hope you all can take the time to listen, and the show really is done live.
Watertown Daily Times Taking credit for debt reduction becomes an issue in Watertown mayoral race