Here's A Fish Story
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To which I can only say, you have got to be kidding me. First off, I'm no fan of Kooiker, having pasted him here on occasion and calling him "chicken-you-know-what" a number of years back for dodging a forum on TIF-financing that I moderated during one of his earlier runs for mayor. I was hoping Allender would be an appealing alternative--but after reading his hit job on Kooiker I'm having my doubts. Allender's tortured attempt at calling Kooiker's approach to the civic center expansion vote an effort to escape political responsibility is self-servingly inaccurate. Kooiker, who may have bungled the process of getting the effort off the ground in the first place, made it plenty clear that he supported the expansion without reservation or hesitation. That Kooiker, besides favoring the expansion, was also diligent in his efforts to include the public in the process by helping circulate the petitions that would bring the matter to a vote is pretty darn commendable in my view. Yet Allender somehow concludes that Kooiker was trying "to play both sides of the same coin."
I don't think so.
Meantime, just where the heck was Allender while this city-wide conversation was going on? Allender calls the failed expansion effort a repudiation of "Sam Kooiker's promise of open
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He Was Out There
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I've invited both Allender and Kooiker to use The Constant Commoner as a public forum during the course of the campaign. I certainly hope they'll both come out of the comfort zone of their respective blogs and engage the public blogosphere right here.