Does Steve Brozosky engage in Karl Rove style politics? Comments on Stories, posted by Ryan, a resident of the Birdland neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm
After Steve Brozoskyís 2006 election campaign, many were left wondering if Steve Brozosky and campaign manager Dan Carl believe in slash and burn, divide and conquer, Karl Rove style politics. It appears Brozosky tries to find trivial wedge issues (like Hostermanís email account or pet bird) to divide the community into two partisan camps. By design, these Rove-like tactics often distract from the real issues important to the future of Pleasanton. Any thoughts on this?
Posted by Sara, a resident of the Downtown neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2008 at 6:55 pm
I agree with Mike from Birdland. These forums popping up seem to be classic Hosterman tactics. Maybe that is why she has lost touch with the voters in Pleasanton. She and her campaign staff must think this is the way to run a campaign. Spend timing time on bulletin boards rather than talking to constituents that she has disappointed just shows how desparate she must be. How disturbing.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Sep 12, 2008 at 7:03 pm
One thing we can be certain of... Pleasanton never saw this kind of mudslinging campaigns in the past until Brozosky and Hosterman faced off in the last election. I didn't care too much about the mayoral race back in 2006 until, in the 11th hour before election day, someone anonymously left a flyer at my door telling me to go to a website and read Hosterman's scandalous email. When the candidates are essentially the same on the issues, how else are they going to differentiate themselves?
Posted by anonymous, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Sep 14, 2008 at 9:32 pm
There is no way that Brozosky did not know that he was to keep records himself. Blaming it on the city server when most of us have trouble getting things off our computer is ridiculous. It's like saying It's not my fault I lost my homework, the dog ate it. Whose responsibily was it? The elected official has the responsibility not the city's server.
I have seen Steve take total responsibility for things that really are due to a combination of factors, two or more other votes on the council or the school board, a smart staff or administration that did the leg work, or the many people who at one time supported him. Not that he does not deserve some of the credit but certainly not all of it. One person can't do it alone.
To absolve himself of the responsibility of those emails is insulting to anyone using a computer particualrly after going after another official and pointing the finger concerning emails. He didn't expect that someone would ask for his? Sure he did.
I would like to see both candidates for mayor talk to me about the issues not about each other. I want to hear them talk about the positive things we have in Pleasanton and how we are going to continue to remain fiscally sound. I want to see their endorsements. Not just one endorsement from one pac or one individual, but the range of endorsements, that tells me who listens to the most variety of citizens in Pleasanton. I want someone who works well with others including people with whom he or she disagree. I know I won't get the perfect mayor but I hope to get one that is human and treats people with respect as much as is humanly possible.
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