Comment 52654

By RenaissanceWatcher (registered) | Posted December 04, 2010 at 08:25:18

The Twelve-Step Approach To Becoming Mayor of Hamilton- 2010 Edition

  1. Become a local media personality.
  2. Run for political office in a city where low self-esteem, short attention spans and low voter turnout are now the norm.
  3. Double dip as a broadcaster and a city councillor whenever possible.
  4. Benefit from the radio station you work at regularly playing sound bytes of your views on its newscasts.
  5. Pick one major issue.
  6. Benefit from one of your radio station cohorts daily attacking the incumbent mayor on that issue for the first several months of 2010.
  7. Directly participate in a public fear mongering campaign on that issue for six months. Bring to a boil.
  8. Vacillate to and from every possible position on that issue over time and wear a t-shirt for two hours to prove your new “commitment” to the proposal against which you had fear mongered for six months.
  9. Say whatever you want to say to the Toronto media about Hamilton because your Hamilton media cohorts will not report it.
  10. Wait until the latest possible date to leave your broadcasting job and declare your candidacy for mayor so you don’t have to declare the previous nine months of media “advertising” or the t-shirts as an election expense.
  11. Benefit from one of your print media cohorts painting you as an independent thinker and the other two main competitors for mayor as part of the “old boys’ club” even though you are chronologically older and more connected to the “old boys’ club” than they are.
  12. Promise everything to everyone.

Comment edited by RenaissanceWatcher on 2010-12-04 07:33:08

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