“Ride or Die, Chick”
Yes, that is what I said. “Ride or Die” means that you will ride any problem out with someone or die trying. The lengths at which Paul has gone to defend Kourtney for her many mistakes since she took over as Water Superintendent are what made me refer to her as Paul’s “ride or die.” He continues to unconditionally support her despite the numerous controversies surrounding her and her department since she took over less than a year ago:
- He tried to illegally veto the council’s “no” vote.
- He bullied the council in the paper when he knew we could not publicly speak.
- The TTHM levels in our water were above the state regulated maximum and they delayed notification to the residents as long as legally possible. (They are currently at the maximum, but that maximum is expected to decrease.)
- The high number of grievances and employee turnover since she was given the job.
- The lack of promised training she was to receive as a condition of her appointment.
- The security cameras installed at a pumping station before being approved by the Council.
- The exceptionally low water levels at Manchester Reservoir.
- And, of course, the cover up of the Torrey St. gas leak which is what led to that comment. (CLICK for PDF Graphic)
- He bullied councilors not to move forward with the gas-leak resolution.
- And now is lying about this poor city worker (ex-city worker)
I was and remain appalled at how the mayor placed blame on one of his employees for what appears to be political purposes. He is trying to defend his flawed decision to make Kourtney the Water Superintendent at seemingly all costs. The Mayor claimed that the water department employee was smoking a cigarette in the hole after he smelled gas. This is a flat out lie. For Paul to knowingly lie about a family member of one of his administrative assistants while also touting that he had a good relationship with that employee was wildly inappropriate. He will stop at nothing to cover this up, including adding new information about the incident from his investigation, further proving his lack of communication with not only the city council, but the residents of the city.
The “chick” portion was not intentional. I wear my emotions on my sleeve and am genuinely transparent. When I see a leader acting like a bully toward a local city employee and lacking the personal courage to stand up for what’s right, that makes me angry. I get angry when others are mistreated. Paul flushes red and gets angry when he feels he isn’t treated well. I apologize to anyone that was offended by it and tried to restrain my anger in that moment as best I could given his statements. I think many people in my shoes at the time with the facts of the situation may have said something similar or worse.
A couple of Paul’s supporters are overlooking the egregious lack of morals displayed so clearly by our mayor doesn’t make sense to me. I’ll try to choose my words more carefully in the future, but I won’t stop being genuinely transparent and wearing my heart on my sleeve. We can’t treat city workers like this. In the end, no one is safe from the Mayor’s venomous attacks when it comes to protecting his story. He stated last night, “that is how the game is played.” The game he is playing put people’s lives in peril. This is not fear mongering, this is what happen.1