A great announcement and debate set out by the great OTAG, undermined by the current mayor O'Brien, out of fear of personal dislikes.
OTAG has come out with a Councillor's debate about the topic of "No New Money". "No New Money" is an ideal brought forward by Randall Denley in his book "The Perfect Candidate" where no money is ever assumed to be coming forward, as a councillor/mayor, you deal with the money in hand. If you need money for a section in the budget, you need to take it from somewhere else in the budget. This is great right? Apparently O'Brien doesn't think so. This debate was announced and is set to happen on the 13th of September.
Merely hours after this announcement, the O'Brien team announced that they feel the need to give a list of supporters for his plan and a list of councillors/councillor candidates that he would feel best working with. Guess what date he chose? the 12th of September, coincidence that it is the day before the OTAG meeting? I think not. I think that O'Brien saw some of the names on the list and decided that he doesn't want to hear from them before choosing 'the O'Brien council'. I think that there are some people on the list for "No New Money" that O'Brien has personal issues with and does not want to support, so out of desperation he feels that he needs to choose 'the O'Brien council' before this great OTAG event happens. So that he can say 'Oh, I didn't realize that's what his/her platform was'. Well, 'Hello!' they are in the "No New Money" debate because that is part of their platform.
I feel the O'Brien announcement on the 12th of September will cut the legs out from under the few that have been chosen to participate in the OTAG councillor debate on the 13th of September. How about you?