Friday, August 19, 2005

Salt Lake Needs A Mayor, Not A Mouthpiece

[Updated 8/21: added link to Deseret News story in second paragraph.]
[Update 2, added 8/22: I ranted some more, over on the Pacific Slope. Offend less people that way.]

So Rocky has decided to protest President Bush's quick visit here next Monday.

Mayor Anderson of Salt Lake City has decided to spend that visit at an anti-Bush rally in Pioneer Park, while the President makes a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

I guess there is nothing better for the mayor to do.

Hey Rocky - maybe in between protests, bike rides, schmoozing magazine writers and Robert Redford, and working on your "progressive" street cred, you could, oh, RUN THE CITY. You know, the job you were elected to do. I realize that isn't as fun, but maybe you should have run for governor or Congress or something.

He's managed to tick off his city council, the Utah State Legislature, most of the suburbs that house the people who work in his city, Davis County, his police department, his fire department, Salt Lake County government... Apparently, he feels the need to add the President to the list.

Because we all know the sight of a couple dozen people waving signs comparing him to Hitler and the Nazis is only a sight he has seen since, oh, Inauguration Day. And the sight of Utahns protesting will cause him to break down, renounce his sins, donate all his worldly wealth to NARAL and Greenpeace, and commit seppuku right there in the park.

Come on. These clowns have been protesting since he came into office. They have protested Bush's election, Enron, Afghanistan, Iraq, the environment, nuclear power, oil, the moon, dirty laundry, old gym socks, and his very existence since he arrived in D.C. The sight of protests aren't new to him. Mr. Mayor, you are wasting your time.

The mayor explained that he is protesting because "Bush let us down." Let him down? Since when was Rocky for him? Rocky's remarks of the past several years have made that pretty clear.

Of course you are entitled to your views, Rocky. But you're on the citizens of Salt Lake City's time, not your own. Is that really the best use of that time? You would be better off writing a letter. If waving your sign is that important, resign. Otherwise, your city needs you at the office.

While it might be fun playing bombthrower and getting your name in the news, it does not advance the needs of the city you have been elected to run.

Paging Matt: Okay, it's time for him to go. Tell the Senator he has his first campaign contributor. And I don't even live in the city limits.


At 5:30 PM, Blogger j.m. said...

I'm in inclined to agree with all of Tyler's post. Rocky sure seems to like the limelight. Though, interestingly enough, the same thing could be accomplished through doing the job he was put in office to do...

At 10:03 AM, Blogger Nathan said...

You know, the more Mayor Anderson makes a fool of himself, the more likely he is to get voted out next election.

I hope it is becoming apparent to the citizens of Salt Lake proper that Rocky is nothing more than a show-horse. He creates divisiveness so that he can play peacemaker. Everything he does is inflammatory so that he can look like the good guy when things finally get resolved. Wake up Salt Lake...the mayor is playing you like a violin. Don't be a chump and fall for his shenanigans any longer. You deserve better! You deserve someone who will work for YOU, and not his own special interests!

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Ethan said...

so, is Jake Garn running or are you just being nice?

Enquiring minds want to know.

At 12:30 PM, Blogger Tyler said...

Ethan - so far, I'm just being nice. As far as I know, Senator Garn is continuing to enjoy his retirement from politics and plans to continue doing so.

However, I'd support him if he wanted another go at SLC mayor - but that's just wishful thinking on my part.

I wouldn't mind seeing Pignanelli take another shot either; he's a Democrat I respect. Bill Orton is another, but he is a Utah County resident.

At 12:32 PM, Blogger su-tang 3000 said...

A second term is where it's at. If you're not planning on running for another term you can pretty much do whatever you want. Rocky's like, hmm, I feel like protesting. George Bush isn't running for another term and he's like, I feel like riding my mountain bike with Lance Armstrong. And they both smile on the way to the bank to cash their paycheck.


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