It's usually the case on this blog that the first posts to be made are negative, especially if they deal with counter-incumbent persons like Zuma Dogg, Walter Moore, Ron Kaye and anyone else who speaks up.
It was nice to see how many fired off a blast to complain that the Nightline program had nothing about Zuma Dogg and then added in the hostilities.
A little more attention to Mayor Sam's actual "text" and better comprehension would have kept these comments on hold until the next opportunity to berate appears.
I still see that people say Zuma's a publicity hound, or Walter Moore exploits things as a frequent theme, but the Mayor has just about institutionalized the photo op and publicity news conference on any topic, be it newsworthy or a synthesized topic, as publicity devices of enormously greater frequency and proportions than anyone else locally.
You have so many comparisons that do not flatter Mayor Tony's techniques, ethics or results when compared to challengers, other politicians or the city charter's version of duties of the mayor, all of which leave the incumbent in the deficit side of any calculation.
Just about ANY challenger would do more work on city business than Mayor Tony has during his first and, I hope, "last" term. How could Tony expect to stay on top of such a large city that must generate a lot of demands for his attention (and I exclude the special interests of developers and the like- demanding but "for profit" motivation) that he could not possibly treat with needed levels of scrutiny by his 11 percent time on the job.
And when Tony IS DOING work, it's the special interests and his personal agenda items that get priority attention, leaving other things to head for a crisis level when he can no longer ignore them. Like ignoring the already overdue oil change for your car, or running it on tires that are showing more bald spots than the council members. It's all got to come to a bad end if ignored, and that's what things look like now if you look around.
But in the end, if Zuma or Walter WON, Tony's ego wouldn't be able to handle it. It would be completely devastate his image, although narcissists don't live in reality when appraisals of self-importance are involved.
THAT doomsday scenario is what's driving him NOW. Oh, the shame if he lost or even had to get into a run-off election. I am hoping for that for the sheer entertainment value. For all Tony raises as accomplishments there are two or three things to bring up in terms of waste, corruption, bad or stupid judgment, nepotism, breaches of ethical behavior and plain bad character.
First, let's watch Zuma on Channel 7 next week. I would bet that the mayor already has his staff plotting out things to say in order to neutralize whatever ill words about Tony air on Nightline and have several alterntive copies at the ready.
It looks like publicity IS what the mayor's race is really all about; you know- who do you believe? Is it the Emperor and his New Clothes, or the people of the land? All we are looking for is Truth- and that's Tony's Kryptonite.