Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Ballard STILL Won't Talk About Job Commitments
Mayor Greg Ballard totally blew it when WRTV's Kara Kenney questioned him about the number of job commitments the city has announced versus the number of jobs that it has delivered. Because of his ineptness, what would have been a campaign issue has become a very large campaign issue.
If you've forgotten, Ballard came off as completely out of touch with reality when Kenney approached him and asked him reasonable questions about the issue. He blamed the accounting of job numbers on the previous administrations in the city saying something about the "paradigm we inherited."
Now, after Kenney asked him for an interview on the topic, his office said the Mayor doesn't have time to talk to her. The problem is that if he just would have said that his schedule didn't permit an interview the first time that I would not be writing about this on my blog vacation. Because of his ridiculous behavior in the interview, it's become a huge vulnerability, and there's no putting the toothpaste back in the tube any time soon.
Ballard created this mess, and now, Ballard just threw gas on the fire. By dodging Kenney a second time after his horrible first swing at the pitch, he has cemented what many critics have known all along. He has no answers, and he has no intention of giving them to anybody.
For a Mayor who was elected partially by attacking Mayor Bart Peterson for having blank pages in his budget, this kind of non-transparency doesn't look good or jive with what Candidate Ballard pushed. Oh well, just another broken campaign promise.