Ready? Here goes. How do you explain the vast divergence between Sho Tay's statement to the Pasadena Star News on Monday ("Arcadia to revisit controversial delayed mayoral appointment" link), and what they've just published now ("After apology, Sho Tay named mayor of Arcadia" link)?
We're talking about "The Apology" here, of course. You know, that well flipped one. Just to refresh your memory, here is how the freshly anointed Mayor of Arcadia, Sho Tay, was copiously quoted in Monday's Star News reportage.
Tay said he has no intention of admitting guilt to any accusations of lying. He added that because he represents Arcadia’s Chinese community, him admitting to being a liar would mean letting 60 percent of the community be characterized as liars. ... “Before, we used to try to tell everyone we’re the same,” Tay said. “Now they’re trying to say we’re not the same — you guys are Asian — and that’s the wrong message to send out.” Tay had previously said he did not believe race was involved in the decision not to make him mayor, but he said the ongoing conflict has led him to believe race is indeed involved.
That was quite a strident statement, and it caused some concern. No apologies will be given being the clearly stated message. But in this latest article, which again is titled "After apology, Sho Tay named Mayor of Arcadia," a very different vibe is sent.
In a prepared speech, Tay said he regrets saying “City Council did not support my proposals for public safety.” ... “We are all supportive of public safety and want to provide outstanding safety services to our residents,” Tay said. “I went with a bad choice of words and understand it upset my fellow council members.”
Something must have happened between that first statement and the second one. Maybe two things happened, or even more. I'm not sure. But if this was just a mood swing, it is radical enough to give you a pretty severe whiplash.
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Obviously what went down Tuesday evening was a bitter experience for the anonymous author of much of the ranting and raving that goes on over there, and the poor fellow can't quite seem to calm his bad self down. Psychologically revealing, in a sense. Like in that "the lady doth protest too much" kind of way.
Try digging into this well toasted bowl of frosted flakes. The text in italics below is the VOA take.
The “happy” ending did not come without a price. City manager organized a team building session with the council members last Friday with many positive outcomes. But unfortunately, Mayor Sho Tay was the only one who expressed his sincere and regretful feelings about a contentious campaign mailer to the other council members in this council meeting.
One wonders if their meeting is truly team building, why are the other council members not offering their apologies to the public when they were equally under the FPPC investigations and contributed to the wrongdoings in the past campaign? Strong evidences show Tom Beck publicly spread rumors about Sho registering non-citizen Asians to vote. His supporters organized yard sign stealing. A notorious blog published 28 hideous hit pieces on Tom Beck's rivals. This chaos is clearly not one-sided.
In order to restore peace, Sho Tay demonstrated the leadership and bit the bullet for the greater good of this community. He calmed down the “crybaby” who apparently is still obsessed with a campaign mailer with some less than perfect choice of words. It is Tom Beck’s loss to show the community that he has an obsessive-compulsive personality. We really appreciate Sho Tay for showing the leadership that Arcadia needs and teaching everyone in our community that you don't back down from a bully.
Obsessed and bigoted, Tom Beck put his words into Sho Tay’s mouth. He manipulated the situation and turned Sho Tay's statement of regret into a public apology. Notably, it is Sho's statement that sets an example of restoring peace in Arcadia.
My goodness gracious.
Pardon my disbelief, but has such selfless nobility ever been claimed before for a politician who was busted for fibbing on an illegally financed campaign postcard? And then blamed it on a consultant?
I think that VOA dude needs to get some rest before he hurts himself.