Has the mayor quietly been telling others he is proud of his vetoes? Not sure. But I wouldn’t put it past him to brag about it to other government officials. As Councilor Neitzert said about the press conference on the parks meeting VETO “Spiking the Football.”
While I don’t take issue with the Mayor’s VETO power, in my opinion, it should only be used for emergencies and in other dire and desperate situations. When it comes to finances or open government, I think 5 votes of the council should be enough to determine if legislation or ordinances are properly vetted.
I think Mayor Huether is abusing the VETO pen, and it is pretty obvious from his press conference he is actually proud of it. Just like the corporate world he comes from, divide and conquer at all costs, the taxpayer and council doesn’t matter when you are a dictator.