A fitting quote since this afternoon's forum was held at Mark Twain Elementary, and let me tell you, it was a free for all. Half way through I started wondering if that Sudafed I had taken earlier today was expired or something because everything about this gathering was…louder...crazier...more...uh...participatory to say the least. The appeal of this one was that none of the questions were screened, you wrote them, put them in a bowl and they were picked by the candidates to answer at random.
There was a lot of hollering and shouting, applause was sometimes just applause but other times it was boisterous jubilation; shouting and cheering, as mere clapping would not suffice, which brings us to my first highlight:
I might as well just rename this blog votetombachewiig.com. I promise we're not in cahoots, it's just every single forum I go to I become a bigger fan! This afternoon he was standing up for women's rights in government, I swear he's stolen my diary or something. Being raised by a single mother he said women need to be on this council...even though one of those women is his opponent Diane Wardrup. The crowd went wild as Tom went on to declare the Richardson Coalition to be nothing more than a handful of people who want to run Richardson.
Sheryl Miller stood up with the RC mailer stating it was ‘propganda.’
…go ahead and hand me one of those neat tin foil hats ya got there Sheryl, I think we’re all starting to see your point now. Scary.
Diane Wardrup told us during her opening that it was time to ‘bring ethics back to the place 4 seat.’ Ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiing!
Thomas Volmer drew a question asking when he was ever interviewed by the Richardson Coalition and if he thought the mailer, itself, should be considered a form of manipulation, to which Volmer replied he was never interviewed and that, yes, he did believe it was manipulative. He went on to say parts of it were even just “flat out not correct” and that you should “form your own opinion.”
Bill Denton was asked who he would support for mayor, his reply was Steve Mitchell.
Steve Mitchell was passed the question regarding Oncor and their tax hikes to which he told us the City Council has very limited say and we should contact Gov. Perry on issues such as this.
Gary Slagel was asked about his company’s $5,000 donation to Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and then them coincidentally being shortlisted for a contract in Illinois for which they were later chosen. I must admit I had a hard time focusing on his answer because of all the eye rolling and heavy sighing going on behind him.
By the end of the forum I believe only 3 questions were passed to other candidates and it was eerie how many of the right people got the right questions. Gary drew a question about executive meetings, Jimmy drew one about Agendas, Jennifer pulled one asking how her work experience would help with budgeting, and Amir grabbed one regarding the Israeli Chamber of Commerce.
During the closing Amir boldly stated that he had received help from certain groups and also from certain other groups that hated the first group and he tells them all the exact same things…..hmmm, cryptic.
Over all a very kooky forum, the only way it could of gotten zanier were if we all took tequila shots every time someone said the word ‘transparency.’