People are coming up to us left and right, exasperated that Greg Fischer has bungled Louisville Metro Animal Services for so badly.
Folks who just can’t figure out what went wrong. People who have been snowed — but are no longer — by the cheerleader schtick originally perfected in Possibility City by Jerry Abramson.
Regular readers knew who Greg Fischer was and what he would do way back in 2008. Rather than link you to a bunch of boring stories, let’s just flip through some quick video flashbacks.
We knew who he was when he hired an actress to slime Bruce Lunsford… because he couldn’t get anyone to disparage him with questionable material without paying them:
We knew who he was when he claimed to treat everyone equally, to be compassionate:
We knew who he was when he claimed (starting at about 2:30) he was the second coming, that everybody loved him, he was a successful problem solver:
We knew who Greg was when he hypocritically attacked Lunsford for contributing to Republicans:
We knew who Greg Fischer was when Bruce Lunsford called him out on his hypocrisy:
He lost to Lunsford.
Then Greg resurfaced in 2010 to run for mayor. His new claim to fame? Depending upon the day, he either invented or co-invented an ice machine:
Of course we later discovered that he not only didn’t invent anything, he wasn’t even present when the guy (who originally owned the patent) created the metal plate (not an actual machine) used to dispense ice. We knew who he was then.
He’d even claimed to be an award winner, which, well… we also discovered was another Fischer myth:
We knew who Greg was when Jim King — of all people! — tried to warn the city:
King tried again:
There were so many red flags that nearly every one of Fischer’s Democratic opponents in the mayoral primary endorsed his bigoted, right-wing extremist opponent:
But the puppies and rainbows set were enthralled with Greg. He was anointed mayor, thanks to the old money that runs the good old boy network.
We knew trouble was around the bend, sadly, and it didn’t take long for Metro Animal Services nightmares to re-surface under Greg.
First up was a budgetary mess, despite Fischer’s claim of being a budget champion. His CFO, Steve Rowland (you already know him) was there to angrily spin for him, flying spittle and all:
Way back then in 2011, Kelly Downard was having none of the nonsense and excuses:
Unfortunately, Tina Ward-Pugh was snowed a few years ago, loosely defending the people who made matters much worse:
Thank goodness the councilwoman has come to her senses.
Back to the original point…
Fischer’s one to tell people about actions speaking louder than words. You’ve heard his words. You’ve seen his actions.
Fischer also loves to tell you how compassionate he is:
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He made the above image his profile photo on every social media platform his office uses just hours after the Sadie scandal became a big deal.
For anyone feigning surprise that Greg Fischer has bungled LMAS since day one? The writing was on the wall years before you elected him mayor. It’s only gotten worse sense then. It’s well-documented. None of it is secret. You can read all about it. There are even hundreds of videos to watch if you don’t feel like reading.
Anyone mortified and shocked that Fischer’s henchwoman, Sadiqa Reynolds, along with his other top folks, have played pat-a-cake with the agency? It’s probably time to pay a bit more attention, probably time to demand accountability instead of lip service, whitewashing and schadenfreude.