Kevin Green: Candidate or crony?

Local realtor Kevin Green is running for an at large seat on the City Council, but his campaign is getting off to a bumpy start.  In an un-posted article in today’s N&R, reporter Margaret Banks lets us in on a couple of emails that hint at political cronyism.

Green is president of the Greensboro Regional Realtors Association, but he is also chair of the War Memorial Commission,   which oversees operations at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The first email was from Greensboro Sports Commission president Marc Bush and was sent to an email list of volunteers and supporters known as the Greensboro Sports Council.  The article confirms that the communique was broadcast from a computer inside the Commission’s offices.  Bush urged the group of volunteers to attend Green’s campaign kick-off this Thursday at (where else?) First Horizon Park. 

The Sports Commission is a non-profit agency that receives part of its funding from the city.  One would assume that, due to its non-profit standing, the Commission is precluded from political advocacy for issues or candidates.

Oh well.

The second email discovered by reporter Banks was sent to coliseum director Matt Brown back in May.  The communication was generated by Joe Bosak, owner of a graphic design firm in Pennsylvania.  Bosak’s company handles the “brand identity” and “marketing communications” for the Greensboro Coliseum according to his company’s website.  While I’ll not dwell on the fact that our “branding” tax money ought not be going to Pottsville, PA, I will dwell on the text of Bosak’s cryptic email to Brown.

“Did I drop the ball on the Green poster?  I’m not sure if it was for a primary election or for the fall, but we have been so busy it seems to have slipped through the cracks.”

Why the hell is the Director of the Greensboro Coliseum, who supposedly answers to the War Memorial Commission (chaired by Kevin Green), involving himself in a political campaign on city time?  Who is paying for this “poster”, or is it just being “comped” to Green for his support of our ‘branding’ contract with the Pottsville concern.

Few things could serve “branding identity” and “market communications” better than to get a loyal and staunch supporter of the Coliseum elected to the very City Council that controls the facility’s funding.

This smells reallly, really bad.  I hope that Banks bird-dogs this one for a while.

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8 Comments

  1. Wayne R.
    Posted June 27, 2007 at 7:55 am | Permalink

    David,

    There’s something you should know about Pottsville, Pa: It’s the home of Yuengling Beer, America’s Oldest Brewery.

    You’re spot on with the rest of the post.

    wayne

  2. Posted June 27, 2007 at 8:21 am | Permalink

    With less than 20% Turnout and even fewer registered voters, is it now wonder that the INSIDERS can pull this off every year???

    With Tax Increases almost every year and the same people and their friends in charge, it’s no wonder we have an urban exodus – people would rather live outside Guilford County than put up with these clowns.

  3. Posted June 27, 2007 at 9:24 am | Permalink

    Yo! Green!

    Nice start!

  4. RH
    Posted June 27, 2007 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Well, let’s just hope he has some real competition.

  5. tonywilkins
    Posted June 27, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I was hoping to get Sandy Carmany’s thoughts on this Hogg.
    Here is a copy of a brief e-mail I have sent to her.

    Hi Sandy,
    I’m writing to you concerning an article in today’s News & Record.
    It appears that Greensboro’s highest paid official, Matt Brown, is now campaigning for a city council candidate on taxpayer’s time.
    Is the article correct, and if so, what are your thoughts on this?

    Tony Wilkins
    Greensboro

  6. Posted June 27, 2007 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    This just leaves me to ask, Hoggard for Council at large? Come on, you know you want to!

  7. tonywilkins
    Posted June 27, 2007 at 10:16 pm | Permalink

    Hogg,
    So this guy makes about $97 an hour, he verbally blasts his superiors, he operates at a loss every year, and now he campaigns on the taxpayer’s time.
    Imagine if he had to live in the real world.
    Sandy Carmany states this is up to Mitch Johnson to handle.
    “up to the city manager to deal appropriately with any violations of city policy since us council members do not have any jurisdiction over any city employee except for the city manager to keep the “politics” out of everyday employee/work issues.”
    Enough said.

    (BTW, Sandy responded promptly as she always does)

  8. Brenda Bowers
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    This is so disgusting! I ditto Tony Wilkins above. Talk about the tail wagging the dog! In Greensboro/Guilford that is the norm. Such a beautiful city to have such a rotten governing body and city staffers.

    We certainly do need David in office now. I know how close he is to his family however and hate to see him take time away from them to work for us when they will soon be gone from home and he will never get this time with them back. We need you David, but do not give up your life for the city . It isn’t worth it. A couple years from now the bad guys will still be around.

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