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Mayor Larry 2.0: Confess, accuse and refuse to debate

So what did y’all think of Mayor Larry’s confession that he was a lousy mayor? I thought it was an unusual campaign tactic. Basically he’s saying “You know what, I realize I sucked as a mayor, but I’ve learned from my mistakes, so I’m asking you to give me another chance.”

Part of me wants to commend him for owning up to his lousiness. But then he talks about himself as if he’s two different people. He says the Old Larry was a lousy mayor but the shiny New Larry is a good mayor and we should trust him. To me it’s all the same old Larry. You can’t just blame your mistakes on the person you used to be and pretend it’s not really you.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m a big believer in second chances. But not when it comes to handing over our city and billions of dollars and all our community services and thousands of innocent civil servants. These are not just toys in Mayor Larry’s sandbox – these are things that actually matter to us. Besides, we only get one chance every four years to throw a lousy mayor out of office, and we’re not going to blow it just because he admits he’s lousy and wants a chance to try to be less lousy.

Incidentally, now that he’s floundering in the polls he’s starting to sound a little desperate. He’s coming up with explanations for his sorry standing, some of which border on the paranoid. He accuses Andy Haydon of being in cahoots with Jim Watson and throwing his hat into the ring just to syphon off some of Larry’s votes. (Which makes about as much sense as Clive Doucet being in cahoots with Larry, and throwing his hat into the ring just to syphon off some of Watson’s votes.)

Also? I think it’s awfully cowardly of him to decline the invitation to the mayoral debate tomorrow night. This debate is about social issues like child care, housing and bus fares, and his refusal to participate speaks volumes. He’s a multi-millionaire who doesn’t live in the real world with the rest of us. Remember, this is the mayor who compared homeless people to pigeons, saying if we stopped feeding them they’d go away.

The debate is called So You Think You Can Mayor, and it’s taking place at 7:30 Thursday evening at the Bronson Centre (211 Bronson Avenue). Kathleen Petty, host of CBC’s Ottawa Morning, will be moderating it. I’m looking forward to it, and I hope Mayor Larry shows up.


Check out Coyote’s posts on the same subject over at the Elgin Street Irregulars. That wily coyote is always a step or two ahead of me!

8 comments to Mayor Larry 2.0: Confess, accuse and refuse to debate

  • reb

    Didn’t Larry also say he was not going to put signs up?

    I have seen a few around town including one in a window above Milestone’s in his apartment building.

    I was one of only 15 people to vote at the poll in my building but I will be at the debate anyway see you there.

  • I hope it means that he’s not around the day after the election.

  • It sounds like he hired a professional apology consultant. He is trying to make himself look humble and human at the last hour. I just hope people don’t buy this. I’m still in the Anyone but Larry Camp.

  • Grace

    Same Larry, different package.

  • future landfill

    Thanks Zoom. What a dork! A semi-retired hi-tech employment agent with visions of personal grandeur who thinks he he has his finger on the pulse of the city. Go back to napping on your boat Larry! Maybe the last 4 years were really just a (gruesome) dream! Wouldn’t it be nice…

    Unfortunately, Watson’s a bit of a namby-pamby, let-me-be-everything-you-want-me-to-be kind of guy. Too bad we don’t have a straight-up candidate like Munter(pardon the pun,Alex)weighing in this time. Or, alternatively, where’s Lucky Ron when you need him?

  • Em

    I will definitely NOT miss this guy when he’s gone! Good riddance!

  • Thank you very much for the link, ma’am! But I should clarify. I’m not really wily. Wile. E. is the black sheep of the coyote family…

    And since great minds are so obviously thinking alike, maybe we – and everybody else – could band together informally to create a critical – and I do mean critical bloggy mass, sending hearts and minds into Finola’s Anybody but Larry cohort.

    I propose that we call ourselves the “Bloggers Against Larry Leading Synchronicity”.

    That would be BALLS for short…

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