Here’s one way to get some attention for your gripes with the Mayor. With 150,000-plus on hand at Churchill Downs, hire a bi-plane with a trailing banner expressing your concerns.
That’s what the Fraternal Order of Police did both Friday and Saturday. There were three messages:
- Are the Mayor’s Actions Ethical?
- Mayor Puts Cordish Before Safety
- Safe? Thanks a Metro Police Officer
I asked police union cheif John McGuire about the tactic, and he said the campaign refers to the longstanding arguments with the Mayor over opening the city’s financial records to public scrutiny. The police union was unhappy about changes in its take-home car policy for police and other pay issues.
McGuire said it’s the first time the union has used the tactic since before merger, though the Mayor’s office dismissed the stunt as “an annual ploy.”
McGuire wouldn’t say what the union paid for the flyovers. Typically, the cost is around $1,500 an hour.