Last month, before the filing deadline for this year’s City election had elapsed, I asked Great Falls Mayor Bob Kelly if he intended to endorse embattled City Commissioner Tracy Houck in her campaign for re-election.
Kelly declined to do so.
Since it was possible at the time that the mayor wanted to see a complete field of candidates before deciding to endorse anyone, I asked him the same question after the filing deadline — eight days ago, on July 3:
I have yet to receive a response.
Why is it that our elected officials simply cannot find it within breadth to respond to inquiries from us lowly taxpayers? Didn’t Kelly campaign on being a friendly and responsive mayor?
After all, Kelly did not need any solicitation or prompting to enthusiastically endorse Houck — before working with her in government — in 2015. Now, though, after three and a half years of service with Houck on the City Commission, Bob Kelly is uniquely qualified to speak to Houck’s capabilities as a Commissioner, or, perhaps, her shortcomings.
If Kelly thinks Houck has done a good job representing the voting public, then why not just say so?