I want to apologize to Councilors Cronin, Derrivan, Jones, O’Brien, and Sullivan. I am sorry for hurting you.
By way of background, in my last blog post, I wrote about proposed legislation to create a local historic district that was referred to a subcommittee for deliberation. I singled out my colleagues for not referring it. I was too emotional and didn’t check my facts.
Councilor Cronin commented, in part:
What is more distressing is your statement that “…five councilors voted against merely referring it to committee. They essentially told you, in no uncertain terms, that they were opposed to the proposal and would fight it…” which is nothing less than a false and capricious statement concerning my stance. You Sir have already taken a position on a matter which is not in final form but that position is yours to take. Advocate for your position but I will not stand idly by as you write what you so pretentiously pretend to know about my stance.
He is correct.
I do not know his stance. I know his vote but I do not know the background behind his vote. And that is where I err.
It is healthy for elected councilors to disagree — but not at the cost of creating disharmony among councilors.
I started this blog in June 2009 when I initially campaigned for this office. Over the course of nearly 300 blog posts since, I have opened my heart and shared my perspective on a variety of issues and initiatives affecting the city. But that last blog post went too far. In hindsight, I would have written it differently.
To my 5 colleagues, who I consider friends, I am sorry. I hope we can continue to work together on issues affecting the people who elected us.
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