The UT published two articles last week, each based upon an hour long interview at the UT in August. Mayor Abed’s is titled Regional economic growth, prosperity are key goals while the one on Deputy Mayor Diaz is titled Lack of representation spurred Diaz to politics. From these divergent headlines, we get two very different articles, with only one question — variations on Why should you be mayor? — being the same for both candidates,
I have read through the articles repeatedly and have to admit I find them strange. Each one has the proviso Here is the edited transcript of the interview… but they still leave me shaking my head. If you’ve read this blog, you know I sometimes provide transcripts and I try my best to keep them accurate. When I need to edit I try my best to punctuate properly, adding brackets for words that are [not stated], ellipsis for words that are left out of a quote and of courts [sic] to show the person being quoted used a wrong word like I just used “courts” above when I meant “course.” I’ve also done many interviews and these seem much too compact, much too planned sentence for sentence as if they were being read. I would have loved to have seen more of the give and take, back and forth between the interviewer and the candidates, as well as more follow-ups. And I certainly wonder about all the things that were said but not included. There is really nothing new in either of these interviews that hasn’t been said in one way or another at events, City Council meetings and other interviews.
The only thing that stood out for me was the Mayor’s willingness, as he did at the Mayoral Forum, to rag on Escondido for having poor people. The political correctness has put this city back probably 15 to 20 years. Now we have more low-income housing than North County cities combined. We have more illegal immigrants than North County cities combined. We have more social services than North County cities combined. Nothing against any of these issues in particular, none is a killer issue. But if you combine all of them, it will (make) the city the poorest in North County.
Now if someone else had been Mayor for the last four years, I could understand making an attack based upon the fact that we have poor people living in our city, especially if it had been a liberal administration that the Mayor disagreed with. But the Mayor has had a conservative, pretty-much-unstoppable City Council majority for four years (along with six years as part of a conservative Council majority that launched frequent attacks) and his particular kind of war on poverty — starting with the poor people themselves — hasn’t really worked. There are many ways to run a campaign. I wish the Mayor would take a more positive approach, one that doesn’t need the City to look bad for him to look good.