I agree, the mayor shouldn’t be using insider information to sooth his followers hunger for pop rock, but that is small potatoes compared to giving city employees a bonus right before an election.
I’m sure Poops is enjoying the deflection of ‘text gate’ so no one will talk about the other gorilla in the room;
In an interview Monday afternoon,Â TenHaken said he’s “always looking for different ways to communicate with people,” and said he liked the “pure, 1-on-1 communication” someoneÂ could get via a texting service.
“People like to know what’s going on in their city,” he said.
LMFAO! Yeah Paul, I have been asking for almost 4 years! What is going on? Backdoor meetings about bonuses, deals with Sanford, deals with developers, all done in the secrecy of your armed guarded offices. When were you going to drop us a text about over stepping your boundaries and secretly negotiating a bonus for employees from a mystery fund?
Islam added if elected mayor, â€œI’ll always be transparent about any news involving one of our taxpayer funded buildings.”
Mayoral hopeful David Zokaites had similar concerns, calling it “a disgusting abuse of mayoral privilege.”
â€œThis is unethical and appalling but not surprising. Sioux Falls government has corruption problems (a massively-overpriced parking garage) and tries to hide bribery (gifts of third party paid travel) ,â€ Zokaites said in a statement to KELOLAND News. â€œWhat’s a little insider information compared to bribery and corruption? Certainly this abuse of insider information should stop immediately and an apology should be issued.â€
David is right, this is highly unethical it may even violate campaign rules but that didn’t stop Poops massive ego from spilling out;
TenHaken said in responseÂ that inÂ any election with an incumbent, candidatesÂ are going to be “envious” of the platform thatÂ provides and the advantages that come with it.
“That’s part of what comes with being the existing officeholder,” said TenHaken, addingÂ he remembered the feelingÂ from his run four years ago.
Sounds like something one of his campaign GOONS would write.
First off, the obvious, there were NO incumbents last time around and the other candidates that would have had access to that information certainly didn’t use it to their advantage since they both lost miserably. Secondly, just because you are the current mayor doesn’t give you the right to use information that WE own against your opponents, as Taneeza points out;
â€œThe Premier Center is owned by Sioux Falls taxpayers,â€ Islam said in a statement.
Any information about what goes on at that facility should be public information shared to everyone at the same time, even if the mayor knows in advance.
As for the comment about being ‘envious’. WOW! You really are more arrogant than I thought. Trust me, I have had a lot of emotions about how you have run this city, like your lack of courage, ethics and transparency when you make decisions. But trust me, I don’t think I have ever been jealous of those qualities, just embarrassed that our city is being run by a bunch of toddlers in a clown car going around a track in a secret room in the basement of city hall. AND I can pretty much guarantee your two opponents are not jealous either.