As the signs go up around town for the mayoral, city council and school board candidates, it’s time for endorsements, announcements and – yes – the dreaded robo-calls.
This blogger got one on Friday, September 17, at 6 p.m. The first question was — and I paraphrase: “Do you agree with Frank Matarrese’s support of a vicious political witch hunt or disagree?” Another question: “Do you agree that his actions represented an expensive witch hunt, which wasted lots of taxpayer money?”
Since I didn’t answer the first question, I didn’t get the full five-question survey. So, if anyone got to answer all five questions, feel free to share them here.
However, the robo-call is a bit “off” in terms of its facts, since Interim City Manager collected the e-mails and instigated the investigation of Lena Tam. Then, on July 6, Mayor Beverly Johnson and councilmembers Matarrese, Doug deHaan and Marie Gilmore approved the release of the investigation to the public.
It’s curious that the robo-call tries to link Matarrese, who’s been out and about getting as lots of public exposure, to the Tam investigation and not the other mayoral candidates (and councilmembers) deHaan and Gilmore — or Johnson (who’s running for the council).
The call would imply that its sponsors think that Matarrese is the front-runner and, hence, the one worth some smearing. But for some residents, who agree with the investigation of Tam, the call makes Matarrese look like a local hero.
We’ll reach out to Frank to see what his take is on the robo-call.