Some say Jim Tibbs shot himself in the foot over allegations of ethics violations by the mayor and his fellow councilors. The ethics committee dropped the charges within minutes of reviewing them.
Wednesday the Tibbs campaign fired a round into his other foot when he “challenged” Bieter in a press release that began, “Today Jim Tibbs challenged Mayor Dave Bieter to open up the State of the City address to all of the public and address key issues. As it stands the event is only open to paying ticket holders.”
The allegation is simply untrue. The GUARDIAN has made it clear for years–so clear in fact–that Bieter got around our complaint by demanding FREE SEATS in the back of the room for those who wish to attend, but not eat! Team Jim blew it on this one.
The GUARDIAN thinks it is improper for a public official to raise money for a commercial special interest lobbying group (Chamber of Commerce) to the tune of $30,000 ($30 a plate for an audience of 1,000).
Had Tibbs and his crew asked for the proceeds to go toward homeless shelters, hungry people, or even neighborhood associations, he would have made a sound argument.
The entire idea of the mayor cozying up to business and its lobbying is tawdry in the opinion of the GUARDIAN. The “state of the city” speech is nothing more than a Chamber fund raiser. If the speech is important, it should be delivered at an evening council meeting.
Unfortunately for Tibbs, candidates are judged by the quality of staff–since some of them would ostensibly end up as city staff if the candidate got elected. Campaign actions tend to preview what we will get from an elected official.
The release also claimed Team Dave has brought us only a single new patrol police officer since 2006. We recall a major increase in patrol force through re-assignments and expect to hear a rebuttal from Team Dave on that issue as well.
If the Tibbs campaign was limping along before, it will soon be crawling. You can only shoot yourself in the foot so many times.
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