“I hope so” politics
No committment to clean up their mess
On an evening walk yesterday, I bumped into 5th Ward Councilman Peter Cunningham and council at-large candidate Carol Marsh campaigning on the corner of 11th and Washington (they were impeding the normal flow of pedestrians on the corner, FYI – have some courtesy, please!)
Earlier during my walk – I noticed an astonishing amount of Zimmer campaign fluff cluttering the sidewalks, on people’s property – just all over the place as if a Kinko’s blimp vomited over Hoboken. Disgusting.
So I asked Carol Marsh if they’re going to clean up their mess – win or lose.
The reaction? A laugh, and a “I Hope So.”
Does she also “hope” that the budget is magically fixed, taxes come down and flooding will stop all by itself?
Friends, this is not my idea of a candidate prepared to represent the city – IMO. No matter how mundane the question, a real leader can think on their feet, make commitments and be accountable for anything they promise.
If I were running for council and asked the same question – my answer would have been: “Absolutely – I will ensure that all of our campaign volunteers are seen (in their green t-shirts) on Wednesday – garbage bags in-hand – cleaning up the literature that has unfortunately found it’s way on our streets.” My next plan would be to communicate this message verbally and electronically to all my supporters urging them to clean up. Deflecting politics are for the birds.
(PS – Vimeo has been having issues this week – video may be slow to load – if at all…)