Naperville council members have a lot of perks, some are real, and some are self-proclaimed, including a belief that what they have to say is more important than what others have to say, or that others should be castigated for expressing an opinion.
Case in point, Naperville councilman Kevin Gallaher is quickly beginning to think that a deity is an attainable position, and royalty and entitlement go with his position of council member. At the May 17 city council meeting, resident Brian Chang made a passionate and crystal clear presentation, during public forum, expressing his respectful opposition to a 22-townhome development at the southwest corner of Bauer Road and Charles Street. At the end of Mr. Chang’s presentation, Naperville council member Kevin Gallaher berated, scolded, and lambasted the Naperville resident. Watch and listen to Chang’s comments and Gallaher’s response to being offended by the comments. Don’t get hung-up in the details of Chang’s presentation; listen to his respectful style of communication that offended Gallaher.
Gallaher made no comment about the substance of Brian Chang’s comments, only that Gallaher was ‘offended’ and that he’s “not going to hear any more of it”. It reminded me of a spoiled kid on a playground that had a hissy fit and was going to take his bat and ball and go home. If you replay the last 30 seconds of the clip, you’ll notice that Gallaher leans back in his taxpayer paid chair with a look of utter indignation. Is that what we want from our elected officials?
It’s possible that Gallaher was offended by the ‘remind me not to golf with you comment’ directed towards the attorney making a presentation favoring the development. Mr. Gallaher, where is your sense of humor? It’s possible that Gallaher, himself an attorney, has heard the same comment numerous times from folks disagreeing with him. I for one would never golf with Gallaher, not because he lacks a sense of humor, and takes comments too personal, but because my definition of golfing is a good walk spoiled.
It’s also possible that Naperville councilman Kevin Gallaher is not an advocate of free speech, when the speech being given is from someone who Gallaher disagrees with.
Gallaher had the fewest votes of any council member during the last election. If he get just a few votes less in the next election, let’s say from the Bauer Road and Charles Street area, he will have more time to golf.