Tuesday, September 06, 2005

In Defense of Mayor Rocky Anderson

He's everyone's favorite whipping post, including mine. (He shares that seat with Senator Orrin Hatch) But I'm going to defend him on one point. I think it's a mistake to use personality to trash our political leadership. I think political leaders like Mayor Anderson should be judged by their effectiveness in office, not by an employee popularity contest. We've all had mean bosses. How many of us got very far compaining our bosses were jerks. Also, we've always known Mayor Anderson was a jerk. It's not a secret, and not really news. Remember his first campaign that brought out his old secretaries and employees claiming he had driven them into therapy? Now, if Mayor Anderson is truly a religious and sexual bigot on the job, then let's talk lawsuits. Or if his actions are hindering the work at city hall, then let's talk. But City Hall's problems won't be solved by Mayor Anderson joining some sort of twelve- step program (as he claims he has). The problems in SLC are not because of the Mayor's personality. Naughty or nice, Rocky just isn't a very good mayor. That's all.


Blogger steve u. said...

I guess it's all a matter of perspective. Rocky has been a great mayor for St. George, fueling our economy by actively chasing away productive citizens from his city.

9/06/2005 05:16:00 PM  
Blogger Shawn said...

Let's hear some examples of how the Mayor has been bad for the city. I mean, real policy stuff. And it's not enough to disagree with his stance on policy issues. You have to be able to point out how is policies are not shared by his constituency or can reasonable be for their benefit.

I see that Orrin II has claimed Anderson is "fueling our economy by actively chasing away productive citizens from his city. " Senator, care to cite any examples? Or are you just helping to prop up a myth?

9/07/2005 09:12:00 AM  
Blogger steve u. said...

Just today I was talking with a CEO looking to locate in either SLC or another city. He told me he was favoring locating in the other city primarily because he viewed SLC government (noting the mayor in particular) as less stable than that of the other municipality. By no means is this the first time I've heard such deliberations factor into CEO's decisions. Who knows, though? Maybe an argument could be raised that the Mayor's positions and conduct attract other businesses. Shawn?

9/07/2005 03:43:00 PM  

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