In a press release Saturday Afternoon, Independent mayoral candidate Jackie Green hammered Greg Fischer in an open letter.
Let’s take a look:
At Thursday’s mayoral event hosted by the Louisville Energy Alliance, I publicly thanked you for the shifts and improvements in the your platform. Thank you for your immediate and affirming words in reply.
Those shifts in your campaign demonstrate responsible accommodation to changing realities – a faltering Ohio River Bridges Project, increasing oil prices, increasing public dissatisfaction with the JCPS student assignment plan, etc..
I invite you to consider the following measures to address a few inconsistencies and conflicts that remain in your platform/campaign.
The Fischer platform/campaign…
- talks about supporting the local food economy while supporting the destruction of local farms.
- talks about “jobs, jobs, jobs” yet has not seriously challenged our local economy’s dependency on Kentucky Coal.
- is prepared to let greenfield development diminish private investment, public infrastructure and metro services for all existing neighborhoods.
- maintains that we have the money to build 1) some unknown variation on the Ohio River Bridges Project and 2) a world class transportation system.
- talks about hiring local talent but hires a campaign manager from Rhode Island.
- talks about supporting local business but has a website developed by a Washington D.C. firm.
Greg, please work to resolve these conflicts, strengthening both your platform and your standing. Great leaders embrace needed change – even in policy.
The reality of limited resources (financial, material, natural, spacial, temporal, etc.) requires that we prioritize. Either/or scenarios are not ‘false choices’ as you suggest – rather, they tap our power to spawn innovation.
And finally, there is a definition of sustainability better than “productivity and diversity over time” – it is “meeting our needs without diminishing the ability of others, present and future, to meet their needs.”
Of course, Jackie neglected to include required disclaimer language (the release didn’t just go to press). And he has no hope of getting more than a percent or two of the vote. But that’s pretty damaging.
Will anyone in the mainstream media talk about it? I waited an entire weekend hoping to see coverage. No dice.