By: Diane Benjamin
Local elections pretend to be non-partisan. I remember Renner claiming that everybody wants to make Bloomington the best it can be (or something to that effect). The problem is that his ilk think government, more taxes, and more spending will make Bloomington great. Most citizens believe IT’S THEIR MONEY and they make Bloomington great.
Well, good ol former mayor and self labeled Republican Jesse Smart is backing Tari Renner for mayor. That tells me ol Jess as either lost it or he was never a Republican. Which is it Jess?
As I was leaving the last hearing yesterday, Smart was sitting almost in the doorway and he decided to attack me verbally. (Big mistake, but I digress)
With a smirk on his face and I believe a finger pointed at me he declared “You know they don’t have to listen to you since you don’t live in Bloomington”.
It crossed my mind to let the old geezer say whatever he wants, but I didn’t. He continued to demand to know who was paying the Watchdogs and to declare nobody had to listen to them either. I guess that means if I witness a crime in Bloomington I shouldn’t get involved!
He barely got a word in for the next several minutes as I explain they were present on Monday and I’ve been present too because crimes are being committed. Yes, violating the Open Meetings Act is a crime. Ole Jess did manage to say it’s not their responsibility, I asked him if they hadn’t come who exactly would have stopped the illegal meeting? Obviously not Jesse! I told him that Kirk had warned the commission BEFORE the meeting started that it was an illegal meeting – but they proceeded anyway. That one wiped whatever small smirk remained off his face.
I asked him if laws matter, and if they don’t, let’s all start speeding down Main Street. Laws don’t just apply to citizens, they apply to government too.
Sheepishly he asked why I wanted Renner off the ballot. Obviously facts aren’t part of his lexicon since I have clearly stated I’m not involved with the challenges. Kevin Gerrard and Bruce Meeks and whoever is helping them are on their own. My only interest was stopping the illegal meetings and proceedings. I’m losing track, but I think I’m up to 4 or 5 Open Meetings Act violations, the latest being yesterday when a public comment policy was approved without being on the agenda. Public comment is REQUIRED at all public meetings, it can not be considered part of the rules for hearing the challenges.
Jesse: I couldn’t remember the name of the group that just gave the Watchdogs a NATIONAL award. Here’s the story: https://blnnews.com/2016/10/04/today-ecws-win/
The geezer also claimed the person sitting next to Judy Stearns on the Council frequently saw me texting Judy during meetings. He must be referring to socialist Joni Painter (she attended a fundraiser in Chicago for self-proclaimed socialist Jan Schakowsky-see here: Proof ). Painter is either blind or lying – it didn’t happen. Judy actually prepared for meetings and thought for herself. She didn’t need anything from me!
Suddenly Smart slithered away to parts unknown.
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I am not going to be able to attended the hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday, I finally got time to check my calendar after this crazy week and I’m booked!
The meetings need to be video taped, otherwise no proof of what happened exists. I hope somebody else has time to document the proceedings! I don’t.