Monday, September 7, 2009

Mayor Ballard's Broken Promise to Republicans

I ran across a Mary Beth Schneider article published on November 7, 2007, the day after Greg Ballard's election. Here is a quote from that article where Mayor-elect Greg Ballard voiced the opinion of so many people in the Republican Party who are fed up with the country club politics of the past, politics which no longer has any chance of winning in a Democratic-dominated county. Looking at it now, I'm not sure if there was a way Mayor Ballard could break his election night promise to those reform-minded Republicans any more than he has done during the past 18 months:

But there was some advice that he wasn’t going to take. With the race just ended, some political insiders had urged him to start raising money now, to be ready for the next election — and to take advantage of party and business insiders who now might wish they’d backed his campaign instead of Peterson’s.

“There was actually one guy who told me, ‘Greg, don’t answer your phone for a week. Make ’em squirm,’.” Ballard said with a laugh.

But he didn’t get into this election only to start thinking about the next campaign.“The old guys, they just don’t get it. This is the end of Republican country club politics,” Ballard said.

He plays his golf, he said, on public courses and doesn’t plan on changing either who he is or the direction he wants to take the city now.

“If they think that, they’ve got another thing coming,” he said.

2 comments:

Jon said...

What has the mayor done? Has he kept any promises he made during the campaign?
From my viewpoint the only change has been a different suit than the last mayor.
The insiders still run the county. The large law firms still run both parties and the taxpayers only function is to provide an ever increasing supply of tax dollars to keep the fat cats happy.

Paul K. Ogden said...

Jon,

That's just it...this is old-time country club politics. Ballard not only did not change anything, he's literally given elitist insiders a key to the 25th floor. Ballard has just brought the insider game to new levels. If anything, it's worse than under Peterson.