Yesterday on Thanksgiving, the Grand Rapids Press published a letter from Dan Tietema, local businessman, former candidate for the Grand Rapids City Commission, and occasional contributor to L.A.W. In a few paragraphs Dan did an excellent job of exposing Mayor George Heartwell for the political chameleon he is. He will tell you whatever you need to hear to get elected, but once in office the leopard doesn't change his spots, however well he covers them during the campaign -- as we noted recently here.
Here is what Dan had to say:
In just a few short weeks after winning re-election, Mayor George Heartwell has strategically shifted his well-publicized, bipartisan, and pro-business approach to local government back to the partisan progressive liberal that he is accustomed to.
Already, he had advised fellow commissioners to draft a resolution to end the war in Iraq, urged state representatives to create new revenues, and called Eric Larson, head of the anti-tax group Kent County Families for Fiscal Responsibility, recall efforts "deplorable" and "self-serving". The group opposes legislators who supported the newly added taxes placed on small business in a down economy. Our mayor has also been supporting embryonic stem-cell research in Michigan.
The issues that need attention are plentiful and the mayor should stop wasting city resources promoting his personal agenda and spend more time addressing the areas that can improve the quality of life in our community. Repairing damaged roads, fixing a broken budget, and restoring the necessary services is what an elected non-partisan mayor should be focused on when representing the fine citizens of Grand Rapids.
We deserve more than just campaign promises. I urge those who endorsed the mayor's candidacy, including various religious leaders, prominent businessmen and women, and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, to take a stand now and demand that the mayor redirect his priorities and begin concentrating on the interests that are specific to Grand Rapids.
Dan's got Big Sister's number. Hizzoner indulges himself by using the mayoral office as a vanity vehicle for leftist posturing on national issues marginal or even irrelevant to the business of keeping River City a decent place to live and work in. Thumb's up, Dan!