Why Won’t Bob Kelly Answer A Question From A Tax Paying Citizen?

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?

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Philip M. Faccendahttp://www.straymoose.com
Philip M. Faccenda is an AIA award-winning architect and planner. He is the Editor-in-Chief of E-City Beat.

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