Here’s the soft underbelly, the ugly underside, of how politics really work in Jacksonville under Mayor John Peyton.
Peyton keeps saying we need to keep personalities and politics out of the Waste Management no-bid contract deal….as if. He is the one who brought them to the table and keeps putting them into the deal.
So let Peyton answer these questions if he’s so interested in leaving politics and personalities out of it:
Why did Peyton only change his position on the landfill contract after many years of the City claiming that the landfill only covered 144 acres?
Why did Peyton only change his position on the landfill contract after Paul Harden snaked his way into his confidence? (Susie Wiles announced her resignation just 3 days after Harden’s legislation for the no-bid contract was introduced into City Council, btw. Coincidental timing? You be the judge.)
Why did Peyton pull Dan Richardson’s waiver to represent Republic Services with a quote by City lawyers that information Richardson had “could hurt the City”? (If the contract was a valid extension all along as Peyton now says it is, what possible information could Richardson have that “could hurt the City”?)
Why is Peyton continuing to pull the no-bid contract legislation from consideration by Council? (It was introduced back in June of last year. Continually pulling the bill from consideration is an indication he doesn’t have the votes on Council, isn’t it?)
Why is Peyton having his staff members visit each Council member personally? (Another indication he doesn’t have the votes on Council?)
Why is Peyton having his staff members arrange for Council members to take tours of Trail Ridge Landfill? (Yet another indication he doesn’t have the votes on Council to pass the bill?)
Why is Peyton meeting personally with each Council member (in addition to his staff members visits)? (What? Is he following the belt and suspenders approach of Hollingsworth now because he doesn’t have the votes on Council to pass the bill?)
Why did Peyton ask Susie Wiles to quit lobbying against his deal? (Couldn’t get the votes he needed on Council?)
Why did Peyton ask Jim Gilmore to quit lobbying against his deal? (Still couldn’t get the votes he needed on Council?)
It all boils down to one answer…..pure and simple….politics and personalities. I guess it’s only okay to involve them if you’re Mayor John Peyton.
Just one last word of thanks to the Mayor. Thanks for showing me your ugly side, Mayor. And it is a very ugly side at that.
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