When I read the Buffalo News’ endorsement of Byron Brown to continue on as Mayor of Buffalo, it left me shaking my head. The title of the their nod to Brown, While far from perfect, Byron Brown has done enough to earn another term, made me cringe from the get go.
Today, the Buffalo News published Sergio Rodriquez’s response.
News’ mayoral endorsement presents an unrealistic view
On Oct. 24, The News announced its endorsement of a candidate it described as having a “penchant for secrecy.”
In its editorial endorsing Byron W. Brown, The News has used the word “booming” to identify a city that has lost 20,000 residents since the current mayor was elected; a city that has climbed up the ranks to become the 11th most violent according to the FBI; a city whose workforce has declined by 10,000 and is now in the midst of the worst unemployment rate in 20 years; a city that is the fifth poorest in the nation – and poorer today than it has ever been.
How can these crystal-clear facts describe a city as “booming”? I am puzzled by the failure of The News to acknowledge such truths, and address them correctly.
News editorial board members might do well by acquainting themselves with my platform, which is specific, candid and has been freely available to the public on my website for months – much unlike the current administration, which lacks specifics at all levels, and in all fields.
By endorsing the mayor, The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.
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The last line from Rodriguez’s response is the best.
The News has abandoned its rationality, showing the same level of complacency that the current administration has embraced.
The problem in Buffalo is that we too often accept good enough. If Byron Brown wins in November, Buffalo will have only had three different mayors in forty years by the time he is done with his next term. If you look at how far the city has fallen over that time frame, you wonder how any of them survived past one term. And it looks like the Buffalo News is fine with that. For Buffalo to truly move ahead, it needs a culture change politically. That starts with the top job in city hall.
Buffalo needs better than good enough.