Questions for the candidate

Update: Doug Clark… “…This is very simple: If you’re a city employee, you don’t get involved in political activities at work. Update II: Allen Johnson… “Brown needs to back off of his new role as political kingmaker. And maybe the city needs to change its rules to remove all doubt about what’s appropriate and what isn’t.  This isn’t.�

So far, the principle players in N&R reporter Margaret Banks’ ongoing investigation of Coliseum Director Matt Brown’s possible political activities are unreachable – either by design or by circumstance.

Today, Banks writes that Brown won’t return calls, City Manager Johnson is out of town and as-yet-unannounced at-large City Council candidate Kevin Green is withholding comment.   But the latter will have to change later today if Green goes through with his planned candidacy announcement later today.

I say “have to”, because in order for Green to establish credibilty and accountability as he steps into the public realm, he’s going to have to ‘splain some things to the voters very clearly.  Namely…

  • What does he know about the “poster” mentioned in an email sent from Joe Bosak to Coliseum Director Matt Brown?
  • Can we see it?
  • Who paid for Bosak’s work on the poster? (Invoice please?)
  • If the poster was designed to be campaign material, does he think that its utilization might possibly be a negative for voters in light of recent publicity?
  • Where a city employee to be found using employment related contacts to actively promote a City Council candidate, and doing it on city time, what does he think would be a proper course of action for the City manager to take?
  • Is he aware of the laws governing non-profit organizations which preclude them from engaging in the promotion of political candidates?
  • Does he think those laws should be repealed?
  • If elected, what does he plan to do about the perception that an immutable power structure exists among rich, white folks in Greensboro – chiefly from the 27408 zip code – whose main goal is to keep a firm grasp on the reigns of local politics at all costs?

OK.  Maybe that last one was rhetorical.  But the others need to be asked should Green proceed with his hat-in-the-ring announcement today at First Horizon Park. 

Were I in his shoes, I’d be hoping for a rain delay.  Add your questions in the comments.

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  1. Posted June 28, 2007 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    I don’t see why they have not done this in the past. With only a small percent of the public voting, I’m surprised it has taken so long for the insiders to be so bold.

    Since Matt is already paid the most of any city employee, why shouldn’t he control the city council?

    Greensboro… Roll-over, fetch!

  2. Posted June 28, 2007 at 8:43 am | Permalink

    “Since Matt is already paid the most of any city employee, why shouldn’t he control the city council?”

    Mitch would NEVER let anyone usurp his authority over our elected officials, and Matt knows it. However, there’s no reason why they (and Kevin) can’t effectively scratch each others’ back, is there?

    The Mitch and Matt show, with sidekick Kevin……just what we need!

    Business as usual.

  3. stanw8
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 1:09 pm | Permalink

    Can you smell it? I can smell it as plain as one of them Boston Butts. I smell a Hoggard run for the At Large seat. Who else can smell what he’s cooking?

  4. Brenda Bowers
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

    I was outraged at Brown’s behavior in trying to get the city wheeler dealers to influence city council vote on the Canada Dry property and posted on it June 5th. He sent these people all e-mails and he did this on city time too from his office. Now he has gone a step further and is trying to set up a council hand picked by him and presumably a few cronies. ALL on the clock while being paid $201,609 a year. The corruption in Greensboro just doesn’t en! And did you all make note of the limp comments by the city council members the N&R could get hold of?

  5. Wendell Sawyer
    Posted June 28, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Permalink


    Good questions. Watching this little story unfold could be real interesting.

  6. Fred Gregory
    Posted June 29, 2007 at 10:59 pm | Permalink

    What the heck. Nothing will come of it (Browns use of email for Green ) Mitch is not accountable and his stooges Mayor and Council swallow his lies like a chicken on a June bug and swear it is the Gospel.

    The 3rd Reich was a amateur bunch compared to the gang at City Hall, Greensboro , USA in 2007.

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