We’re back on the ground in the city of trees going through recent press releases, news reports, and e-mails from readers. Looks like the most pressing GUARDIAN issue is the Tibbs-Bieter flap over ethics.
From everything we can determine Tibbs has shot himself in the foot with allegations of ethics lapses on the part of Team Dave and fellow Councilor Maryanne Jordan. While some supporters felt Tibbs could beat Mayor Dave with one hand tied behind his back, he certainly can’t do it with a wounded foot as well.
The GUARDIAN has to agree with the Daily Paper’s conclusion of poorly handled(botched) attempts at linking Bieter and Jordan with the big time Demo guru Marc Johnson’s Gallatin Group. Gallatin and/or Johnson have made campaign donations to the city elected officials on one hand while receiving taxpayer funds with the other.
Tibbs has a valid concern–but the concern was expressed by the GUARDIAN Feb. 6 in a posting BOISE TAXES GO TO PRIVATE LOBBYISTS .
The mainstream media as well as the GUARDIAN have clamored for some real campaign issues in this mayor’s race. We have ragged on Team Dave for much of his term.
He has spent too much time and resources fighting futile legal battles that have ultimately been lost by the city–because the city was simply wrong. He has catered to business and developer interest and has a cozy relationship with the Chamber of Commerce. He has failed to show much substantive accomplishment…but he also hasn’t screwed up.
He is a nice guy, native son, comes from “good stock.” He is also an experienced politician as a state legislator.
Tibbs is inexperienced as a politico and has been out maneuvered at every juncture on council issues. Little things like agenda timing and resolutions with unanimous consent fly past him at breakneck speed in meetings. Tibbs has failed to use his council vote to establish a record for what he stands for because many issues are couched–for example–as being in the interests of “local option taxing authority for mass transit” when in fact the council vote was to hire lobbyists with OUR tax money. Tibbs should have been kicking and screaming in February, not attempting to get media exposure in August.
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