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November 9, 2017 at 10:52 PM #739477
College Councillor Rick Chiarelli was blasted by Mayor Jim Watson for his comments on the budget.
Then Watson blurted out that Chiarelli had voted for all of Watson’s budgets. That’s simply not true.
So will Watson be hurt by his false comments?
My guess is that among people who know municipal politics, Watson’s comments will hurt the mayor.
For people who don’t follow civic affairs, Chiarelli will be hurt because casual observers will take the mayor at his word.
But Watson’s untrue comment is the kind of thing that makes someone like Chiarelli run. Chiarelli will fight if he feels he has been unfairly addressed. And the mayor’s comment was wrong.
Watson just might have caused himself an electoral problem if Chiarelli is mad enough about the lie.November 10, 2017 at 11:00 AM #739489November 12, 2017 at 9:46 AM #739535
Had Watson been exercising any sense at all, he would have totally ignored whatever Chiarelli did and just talked positively about his budget.
There was no gain to be found in responding to criticism of a budget that’s just been dropped on Council. He knew or ought to have known that Chiarelli was speaking without having any time to have done any in-depth analysis and the smart thing to have said would be that, once Councillor Chiarelli has an opportunity to properly peruse the budget, he may have another opinion. It’s called taking the high road.
I’m sure Rick Chiarelli is having a good chuckle at how easy it was to get the mayor to go off message and attack him, particularly when it’s so easily disproved. Watson has to be the only person in the world who believes that he’s had Chiarelli’s support on previous budgets.November 13, 2017 at 3:27 PM #739573
Bob LeDrewNovember 13, 2017 at 3:30 PM #739575