It’s so difficult for me…you have no idea. Oh, wait for it…no, it’s about damn time. Debbie Ossiander has behaved like the awkward girl in high school who got to sit with the jocks at lunchtime because she kept their water bottles full and cleared the lunch trays. Please know this comparison has nothing to do with the physical appearance of Ms.Ossiander, but rather her pathetic and pandering perfomance.
During the much debated Ordinance 64 that sucked up much of our summer, Ossiander allowed bus loads of Wasilla-billies to testify their hate against the GLBT citizens of Anchorage. Ordinance 64 would have added those citizens to an already existing protection to prevent discrimination in housing, education and employment. Ironically, already provided protection; Religion. The “Red Shirts” vs. “Blue Shirts” found sympathy in the red wearing chair. When the ordinance passed, Debbie Ossiander could have been the over-riding vote to new Mayor Dan Sullivan’s veto.
Weeks and weeks of bad behavior and a witch hunt on former mayor, Senator Mark Begich were tolerated by the chair. Bill Starr and Dan Coffey are consummate bullies.
Anchorage has lost a great public servant with the retirement of Bart Mauldin, the MOA Purchasing Officer. His service was lauded tonight and he left to a standing ovation. As one assembly member told me, “they are dropping like flies.” No one wants to stay on with a mayor running for Senate 2014.
The mayor is refusing to fully fund the city and running for Grinch by laying off 60 city employees. He has made his choice, and by the time the citizens of Anchorage are standing in the voting booths in a few years, they will make theirs.
Debbie Ossiander doesn’t leave the chair without a legacy. She could have taken a stand against hate. She didn’t. If you think I exagerate with the word “hate”…watch this…see if you have a better word.
There’s a chance to redeem herself, Debbie Ossiander could vote to over-ride the mayor’s budget veto. I hope she does the right thing.
New Chair Patrick Flynn and Vice Chair Mike Gutierrez were elected by secret ballot and will hopefully bring some civility back to an assembly in much need.