AZCentral published an article yesterday headlined “Korte leads Scottsdale council hopefuls in fundraising.”

One of the comments posted at the end of the article said, “Looks like the Korte Campaign’s positive messages are resonating.”

Now, I don’t know if that comment was intended to be facetious or serious, but it prompted me to post this statement from Korte’s website, “…I can’t help but be struck by how many of the candidates seem to be driven by their discontent about the direction in which our city is headed. As a result, they have chosen to focus their campaigns on negatives issues. That’s their prerogative. I don’t believe those types of campaigns are constructive or good for our city,” and to follow-up with this query:

“Positive messages,” like that beg the question: If you are happy “about the direction in which our city is headed,” why run for Council?

It didn’t take too long before I was attacked by an anonymous Korte supporter for trying to “tear down” Ms. Korte and all her good works. Did you get that? I was attacked for asking a question.

Is this what we can expect from Ms. Korte’s “positive message” campaign? Will she have more tolerance for resident questions if she gets elected?

Debra Komarnicki has publicly stated a similar position that she won’t criticize her opponents. I would ask her the same question.

To me this is more of the self-serving, hypocritical “civil dialog” advocacy that we’ve seen from the Chamber crowd. It boils down to this: “We (the Chamber and “our” candidates) are going to do what we want, and you (the residents) don’t have the right to be mad about it.”

I guess if you are in their little cool kids club, you have every reason to be “positive” in your campaigning.

Another commenter asked, “What exactly is the revolution you’re advocating, John?

Revolution? All I want is what I’ve requested of our leaders for the last ten years:

Respect the residents and their quality of life, demand long-term fiscal sustainability and accountability.

Is that revolutionary? Is it too much to ask?

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