|Turn your frown upside down|
In a series of shocking and frankly ugly statements, delivered hot in a Pasadena Star News article titled "Arcadia to revisit controversial delayed mayoral appointment" (link), the sitting Mayor Pro Tem of Arcadia slammed home a message that can only be described as wildly irresponsible and even incendiary.
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.
Not exactly the kinds of things a responsible and civic minded elected official should be saying, especially in a city already on the extreme edge of its frayed nerves. Due at least in part to some of the troubling and mendacious things Sho himself had already said about his fellow elected officials during the election.
The Developer Party is playing a dangerous game of brinksmanship here. How this is going to play out is anybody's guess.
I just hope they lay on some extra security at tonight's City Council meeting. It could get a little dodgy in there.