Fall is for football, so we have a metaphor for you!
What does a “political football” look like, and how much does one cost?
Based on the latest reports from City Hall, a “political football” looks like a Mayor Sharon McShurley proposed bonus check to all city employees days before her reelection bid against Dennis Tyler, and the total price tag is about $330,000. That’s a nice football.
However, compared to the near $3,000,000 spent on the “political football” called the Tuhey Park, it may seem like a drop in the bucket (no pun intended). Speaking of Tuhey, our Mayor probably still has nightmares of the August 2010 City Council meeting when a fellow republican, Andy Dale, proclaimed his disappointment with the “poor leadership” of Mayor McShurley. In a letter written by Mr. Dale (see Unison Group Letter), his group emphatically stated that the “mayor only met one time with the group over a one year period”, and “she refused to participate with the group.” The same letter written by Mr. Dale was shared with County Commissioner’s, and they also took notice of the Mayor’s poor leadership. It quickly became clear that while Unison Group moved the ball down the field to score, the Mayor intercepted a pass and never looked back. One of the most bizarre plays ever saw.
Therefore, as the Mayor prepares for next weeks City Council meeting, and yet another game of “political football”, citizens can only watch to see what defensive play will emerge. Will her leadership be challenged by someone from her own party again, or will the opposition come from the other team. Who will challenge her leadership this go around?
One thing is for certain, the game is expensive, and actually demonstrates a disconnect with the struggles occurring within our community. The play seems insensitive to all our neighbors now stuck in survival mode.
Playing games with taxpayer money during tough economic times is not a sign of leadership, it is simply playing games with money that is not yours, and its poor gamesmanship. In one last football analogy, we’re going to blow the whistle, and toss a yellow flag – 15 yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.