Things were going along just fine during last Tuesday night’s Naperville city council meeting until councilwoman Becky Anderson turned her little red light on signaling she would like to make a comment, and that’s when things began to go bad.
It’s not uncommon for politicians to lose it:
The agenda item being discussed involved the Fifth Avenue Development’s task force (committee’s) recommendation. Deputy City Manager Marcie Schatz did an outstanding job of explaining the process used, and the people involved in making the recommendation of a developer for the project near the train station on 5th avenue.
Individuals for the task force, selected by the mayor, included community stakeholders from:
- School District 203
- North Central College
- Naperville Development Partnership
- DuPage Children’s Museum
- Naperville Park District
- Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce
Additionally four city staff members and four property owners near the project were included, along with city council liaison Judy Brodhead.
After Marcie Schatz’s presentation and a short statement by the mayor, Anderson lit the fuse:
This was immediately followed with Chirico’s rebuttal:
This ‘infuriated’ Anderson
Interestingly this comes one month after Anderson announced she is running in the Democrat primary for the U.S. Representative in the 6th District with the goal of unseating Republican Peter Roskam. What a great opportunity for her to grandstand and pander in front of a large audience during the city council meeting which is always televised. Anderson was willing to throw Mayor Chirico under the bus, along with city staff, and respectable members of the task force, in order to come across as a victim by whining about not being informed. Shame on councilwoman Becky Anderson for her disrespectful and despicable tactic of trying to elevate herself at the expense of so many others including the electorate.
If Anderson truly did not know what was going on (it was a ‘huge’ surprise to her’), then she made no effort to listen and learn. Councilwoman Judy Brodhead asked to be the liaison on the task force. Anderson didn’t care enough to ask before Brodhead did. If Anderson was truly infuriated, why didn’t she take her concern to the mayor before the meeting. Why couldn’t she have done it ‘off stage’. The answer is that she can’t grandstand and pander off stage.
You don’t throw a teammate under the bus. It says a lot about her character, or lack thereof. Another person who recently threw a teammate under the bus was Cub catcher Miguel Montero, when he publically berated Cub pitcher Jake Arrieta. Within a few weeks Monterro found himself wearing a Toronto Blue Jay uniform.
Councilwoman Anderson likes to hide among the trees when throwing stones, which is why she referred to ‘we’ rather than ‘I’ while whining about ‘not being in the know’. She said ‘we (the council) were not involved with the process. That’s because the ‘process’ was designed to work without political influence, and that part of the process worked.
Watch and listen to Naperville resident Tom Higgins as he expresses how the process could have been improved by ‘asking residents near the 5th Avenue project, what they want’
That’s a good point by Mr. Higgins, however residents either individually or as a group always have the opportunity to express what they want, they just have to do it.
Councilman John Krummen chimed in after Anderson’s ‘infuriation’, either because he also felt like a mushroom (being left in the dark to eat fertilizer) or because if Anderson was going to figuretivly-speaking take a swing at the mayor or city manger, he didn’t want to be the recipient of the hay-maker.