Comment 68949

By highwater (registered) | Posted September 02, 2011 at 09:59:48

Great stuff, Ryan. We could use a little levity around here.

(With apologies to John Gruber and Mark Pilgrim.)

Also reminded me of this.

"...Each knew he was mayor of Hamilton not czar of all the Russians. They understood both the expectations and obliations of their office. Hopefully, one day Bratina will come down to earth too."

I think it goes deeper. It's not just a matter of understanding that the mayor needs to make him/herself accessible as part of his/her duty. Why would you run for mayor of a medium-sized city if you didn't like people and want to be open and accessible to citizens and their proxies? The relative openness of previous mayors has as much to do with their characters as their understanding of the job description. If Bratina's well-documented, venomous over-reactions to even the most polite questions and criticisms (typified by the hilarious 'dissident' moniker) are anything to go by, his secrecy and lack of accountability spring as much from a fundamental misanthropy as from an ignorance of the type of open governance expected of a 21st century municipal leader in a western democracy. In other words, don't get your hopes up Dreschel.

Comment edited by highwater on 2011-09-02 10:20:36

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