Will Great Falls Voters Re-elect Gavin Newsom?

On Monday, ballots will be mailed out for the 2021 City election.

The most important question is whether or not Great Falls voters will reward Mayor Bob Kelly with a record fourth term. Before he was elected Mayor in 2015, Kelly was appointed to the City Commission back in 2012, nearly a decade ago. (He has been in office for a very long time.)

If you have been paying attention lately — the City just scrapped in-person commission meetings — you’ll notice that Kelly looks an awful lot like Gavin Newsom, an elitist liberal hell-bent on consolidating near-permanent power while imposing COVID dictates in “Rules for Thee, but Not for Me” fashion.

Last month, Kelly claimed to care about “safety” while shutting the public out of the Civic Center. But when a fellow Democrat, Jon Tester, came to town just a couple of weeks later, did Kelly call in virtually? Did he wear a mask while making his rah-rah pronouncements about how great everything is going because he’s in charge? Of course he didn’t.

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Did anyone notice Kelly at the candidate forums? He was present, but physically and noticably distanced from the rest of the candidates, rushing to put his mask back on between his speaking turns, having his cake and eating it, too.

Say what you will of him, but Bob Kelly has put on an absolute acting clinic.

And if you do try to say anything, chances are you won’t get very far, because local media will squash you like a bug.

Last night, KRTV posted extended interviews of the candidates to its Facebook page. If you want to weigh in on any of the candidates or their positions, you can’t. KRTV, the local Pretorian Guard, dutifully and reflexively in service to the regime, has restricted comments on the post.

You can’t face your elected officials in the flesh anymore, and you can’t criticize them on the largest media platform in Great Falls.

They are now officially beyond reproach.

Do we really want more of this preening authoritarianism?

Or how about we just get things back to normal, how does that sound instead?

Posted by Philip M. Faccenda

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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4 Replies to “Will Great Falls Voters Re-elect Gavin Newsom?”

  1. No one !! I mean NO ONE deservers four (4) terms in any city elected office !AND NO ONE should close city commission meetings for ANY REASON !We have relied on covid to bring about anything we need to place blame for on one thing or another !Mayor Kelly always looks concerned, acts interested and speaks very well !! He could talk the feathers off a duck. Am wondering what has he accomplished for the city in his six(6) years as mayor. There sure wasn’t much published in the Tribune nor reported on the news channels. Then the last couple weeks we did see pictures of him in the Tribune. I do not trash talk anyone, yet there are legitimate questions that need answers.


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  3. I’ve been waiting for this to happen, as soon as he was first elected my husband and I both said he would try to turn this city liberal and it looks like we were right. We have never voted for him and never will. This city runs just fine without the crazy left loons turning it into California, where we escaped from 13 years ago.


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