Saturday, September 20, 2008

Talk Radio and a Mayor: Bad Idea

So Mayor Autry is doing a a talk radio show on KYNO. That is now, not when he leaves. According to the Bee's article, the City attorney thinks that Autry can avoid any conflicts of interest. I don't care, I think that Autry getting a 2nd job is a mistake and in bad taste. One of the reasons that the mayor of Fresno is paid almost $100 grand a year is so that they can dedicate themselves mind, body and soul to the business of the City of Fresno. Apparently George Hostetter agrees with me because he said:

* And what about Autry's insightful analyses of issues dear to the citizens of Fresno? Are those personal assets he can sell to the highest bidder and retain the money? Or, while he is in office, do those assets (and any money derived from them) belong to Fresnans?

After all, it was the people who loaned Autry the position that enables him to acquire such valuable (and apparently highly liquid) insights into the city's workings.

Mayor Autry, show some taste and discretion. Just wait a few months to begin this job. You will still be able to capitalize on being mayor. Take a note from my mom when she used to say, "Always avoid the allusion of an indiscretion".

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