LEO Weekly’s Phillip Bailey takes a look back at the Jerry Abramson kingdom:
Instead of pointing to a brick-and-mortar project as a signature accomplishment, Abramson serves up a spoonful of Pollyanna that has been a cornerstone of his image over the years.
“I remember this community when I ran in 1985. I remember the glass-half-full prescriptive that I heard from people in all areas,” Abramson says. “You don’t hear that anymore. Based on the successes that we’ve had, there is now competitiveness. You now have a spirit of the glass is more than half full.”
It’s a change he’s quick to take credit for: “I was that transition. I connected where we were — pretty much down on ourselves — to where we are today: a renewed spirit that this community is very special.”
But like any politician, he has his weaknesses, chief among them being thin skin.
Click here to read the entire thing.
Lest we forget the myriad scandals: the airport, playing pat-a-cake with fairness, Gilles Meloche and Metro Animal Services, Kimberly Bunton and Housing, The Cordish Cos, “Poorer, blacker and older,” public safety lawsuits and the millions he had to pay to the Cullinans for screwing around several years ago.