If you’re getting as sick as we are of the smug arrogance and phony feelgood tactics of the Springer campaign crowd, this comment we received last night on another piece might be clarifying:
As a former staffer. I can attest to Dr. Gordon boasting credentials that he had no business claiming. For example, he once claimed to be a water expert at a city function. An executive, who I shall not name, very respectfully told him to his face that he was not. I think he was taken back that someone called him on his BS.
Other than that, the guy is okay. The staff knows that he does his political theater in council chambers for the sake of the cameras. It’s not uncommon for him to apologize to staffers when the meeting is over (“it’s just business,” he’ll say). The man does serve a purpose in keeping staff honest, but a community leader he is not. He’s the type of politician that will point at his voting record to prove to folks that he is fighting for them, yet, his “no” votes seldom yield any meaningful alternative solutions
We agree with most of what they’re saying here, but want to add that there hasn’t been anyone on the council within the last 50 years who has ever been what you can call a community leader. So there are no counter examples to point to as having been any better in this regard.
Sad but true. It’s not that kind of town unless you agree with everyone, in which case being a “leader” is just rhetorical. Gordon’s big problem is that he’s always been saddled with having to work with a group of mostly stubborn and credulous booster types who don’t know any better and probably never will. And that’s giving them more credit than they perhaps deserve. Gordon’s never had an ally up there to work with and it’s not his fault.
But he asks good questions and is generally anti-development. That’s good enough.