Everybody takes a turn in the barrel, and this time it was Watchdog’s turn. After writing 318 postings basically unscathed, posting #319 brought a cacophony of comments and emails questioning my mental state of mind.
To think that of all the topics and city officials covered over a five year period, it was a posting on endorsing Steve Chirico for mayor of Naperville that flooded my inbox.
The endorsement was posted shortly before midnight on Saturday. By Sunday morning through Monday, comments and emails were rolling in. For a moment I thought, maybe I was delusional when I wrote it, so I went back to read it. Afterwards I realized that I missed a couple of additional positive comments about Chirico including he is the only mayoral candidate with city council experience who has never lost a mayoral election.
Watchdog readers are a rather intelligent and interesting group of people, and I have to give them credit for some of the more creative comments and emails I received including the following:
“Your second coming of Jesus, endorsement of this spend and tax establishment guy is a disgrace.” (Buck Naper)
“At first I thought, ahh, April Fool’s Day” (Not an April Fool)
“I am surprised by your ‘gushing’ endorsement.” (Naper since 87)
“Are you sure that was coffee you were drinking” (Carl S.)
“Have you lost your senses?” (David T.)
” What were you thinking?” (Marilynne F.)
“Amazing. It’s about time you had something nice to say about a city official. I just didn’t think it would flow so freely about one person. I didn’t think you had it in you.” (Fred H.)
“You must be related to Chirico. Check with Ancestry.com” (Phil R)
“I’m seriously shocked that you’re endorsing Steve Chirico, and with such GLOWING words! I’m stunned that you would go so far overboard in your endorsement. Your post comes off as a paid endorsement.” (Jeff)
“so called ‘Watchdog’ endorses him? Jeff got it right. How much is he paying you there ‘Watchdog”? (Joe Naper)
“What were you smoking before you wrote your post?” (Mary J.)
“You must be nuts. You’ve totally lost it.” (Rodney F.)
“I finally figured it out. Watchdog is really Steve Chirico, and the whole purpose of the blog was to get himself (Chirico) elected. Clever.” (Mercedes M.)
I have always admired the ability of those who can say so much in so few words, so here is my personal favorite:
“Naperville Watchdog turned Lap Dog!” (Brenda)
Well, no doubt the posting stirred a lot of emotion. No matter who Watchdog endorsed, chances are emails and comments would have been abundant.