Be careful of your phone messages!
Veteran City Council member Bob “Troll” Walsh is taking heat for a phone message he left for his council district partner Evette Brantley after she took an opposing position from Walsh regarding the developer of Steel Point, a 52-acre redevelopment project. Walsh doesn’t like the deal signed by the Finch administration and approved by the council. Brantley likes it.
Walsh, who is white, told Brantley, an African American, that she had succumbed to her “masta.” See Keila Torres’ article for additional information and listen to Walsh’s apology http://www.connpost.com/ci_14002838. The rhetorically inclined Troll, as he likes to be called, shares a further statement below:
I called Evette and left a message apologizing.
I sent an e-mail to apologize and suggested that we talk and expressed my willingness to sit down with either Council President McCarthy or former President Parziale to iron things out.
I did not hear a single response.
And then I hear that the mayor is releasing a copy of my phone message to the press.
The same city attorney who told the council that they couldn’t take any action against Joe Ganim who was under federal indictment for racketeering and corruption and stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayers’ money tells the council that they can throw me out of office no problem.
If this is not proof that the mayor and his administration is simply playing politics then I don’t know what proof people need.
The City Attorney’s Office has briefed City Council members on potential sanction options for this type of incident. Stay tuned. Phone messages and emails go together. When you leave them and write them just assume they’ll be shared with the entire world.
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