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Burlington Derailed — The Continuing Story
Lies Are Lies For Edwards
The Truth Is So Much Cheaper Than A Recall Election
Selected offerings from Mayor Mike Edwards.
(Mayor) Edwards said some local unions, including the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, have offered legal help and backing. "If we're not truly in this for the jobs ... then why are local unions offering legal services to us?" Edwards said. That financial aid never materialized.
"The reason for the suit is to bring back the jobs," Mayor Mike Edwards said. "It's that simple. The railroad has been a good employer in this community for a number of years and we'd like it to remain so. That's what the essence of this lawsuit is all about." The Hawkeye (March 5, 2004)
“It's not known how much the city could receive as compensation for the breach of contract through the courts, "but I hope it's expensive enough for them to change their minds," Edwards said.” The Hawkeye (March 5, 2004)
“Mayor Mike Edwards, however, reiterated what he stated during a press conference March 4 that laid out the city's intentions: The suit is about jobs.” The Hawkeye (March 25, 2004)
(In response to allegations that the city brought the suit to recover monetary damages.) "Nothing (else) could be further from the truth," he said. The Hawkeye (March 25, 2004)
“Although language in the lawsuit indicates the city is seeking a monetary settlement, city officials hope to win a judgment high enough that the railroad finds it more beneficial to return the jobs to Burlington, Edwards said. "That was the ultimate mission from the get-go," he said. "If we could get these jobs, we'll have done more than anyone in government's done in the last five years." The Hawkeye (March 25, 2004)
When Edwards was asked about his best accomplishments while in office, Edwards said the addition of restrooms on the riverfront was the best.
Edwards was quoted in the Hawk-Eye saying to Campbell, “…you better hope I’m still on this council after the next election…If I’m not, I’ve got nothing to lose…. I can make some things happen around this town when it comes to elective office…”
11 Reasons Edwards Could Fire City Attorney Power But Hasn’t
Would you still be employed if you lied to your boss 11 times? Why does Edwards condone it? Why are lies necessary?
1. “The lawsuit is about jobs.”
2. “The lawsuit is about forcing the railroad to return the jobs to the shops.”
3. “It’s not about the money.” (With a $1,000,000 budget deficit?)
4. “I have a silver bullet for each and every one of you with your name on it.” Only to follow up with “I never said that” even though several witnesses said otherwise.
5. The basis of the lawsuit is the 1858 land grant agreement.
6. The basis of this lawsuit is the loss of the “principle locomotive shops.” He didn’t bother researching railroad history to gather the facts that show otherwise.
7. Sloppy court filings. Power skipped the Burlington shops history lesson chapter in his haste to file his mistake-filled complaint. 2 filings in this case are nothing but amendments and corrections to the most poorly written legal complaint I have ever read or seen. First year law students write better stuff.
8. The 1985 agreement has no bearing on the lawsuit.
9. All but outright calling one of his employers a liar. When asked about the fact he had had been asked on 2 separate occasions about any subsequent agreements to the 1858 agreement that might impact the lawsuit, Power said there weren’t any. And then said of the councilman’s claim, "Now, that's just not true." If it’s not true, isn’t it a lie? I believe the councilman.
10. Power relies on 2 of his employer’s sudden memory loss to cover his ass.
11. We can't fire him, we'll lose the lawsuit thinking.
Edwards Final Grades:
Heart In Right Place C
Subject Knowledge D
Citizenship Skills F
Ability To Gain Respect F-
Ability To Listen F--
Communication Skills D
Able To Work With Others F
Willingness to Resolve Problems F-
Fiduciary Responsibility F
Public Truthfulness FF---
The truth is so much cheaper than a recall election.