I was intrigued by council candidate Michael Crawford’s response to my letter highlighting the fact that he and Mr. Mack have received out-of-state political contributions. His letter suggests that I am in some way disseminating “political misinformation.” I reported in my letter that he and Mr. Mack have received substantial political contributions from Tri-son Investment Corp., an out-of-state entity run by real estate developer Scott Thompson, and I then pointed out where that information could be found. Where is the “political misinformation” exactly?
Mr. Crawford goes on to tout his open reporting of political contributions, which he misrepresents by omission. He criticizes his opponent for failing to report but neglects to add, however, that by accepting contributions of over $500, only he and Mr. Mack are legally obliged to report. His openness, then, seems to be less the result of a burning desire to be transparent than a wise move to avoid going to jail. His opponent has chosen not to solicit large contributions from out-of-state firms and therefore is not obliged to report.
I was also struck by his mildly obsequious description of Mr. Thompson and his various entities. We are told that Mr. Thompson runs Tri-son, a 14-state operation and that taking money from Tri-son is akin to fueling up at the Chevron station on Highway 20.
Then, in a blink of an eye, Mr. Thompson is transformed into essentially a home-town boy running Wright’s Crossing, a local entity dedicated to selflessly serving the community. A Renaissance man indeed. But I did like the emphatic “hell yes” at the conclusion of Mr. Crawford’s missive — sounds powerful.
In the final analysis, we have a clear choice here. On the one hand we have Mr. Crawford, who seems woefully ill-prepared for the challange, and as Councilwoman Hizon has pointed out, doesn’t seem to understand the basic mechanism of city government or municipal finances. And to add to this, we have Mr. Crawford’s financial attachment to an out-of-state developer with a penchant for unattractive, high-density, yet still quite expensive, housing projects.
On the other hand we have Councilwoman Hizon who is not indebted to special interests, who has training, experience, skill, a cooperative spirit and is committed to balanced, thoughtful growth. The choice seems obvious.
Dr. Bernd Fischer