Mayor Anthony Silva issued the following statement about his privately-bought badges and “security detail.”
“I am disappointed but not surprised at the level of attention my private purchase has caused. I have done nothing wrong but am concerned about the level of public resources that will be wasted in order to prove that. Because of that, and because I believe our City has more pressing issues to focus on right now, I have decided not to fight this fight. Instead, in an effort to save precious public resources, I have turned the badges over to the Police Department for safe keeping while we conduct additional research to ensure that the security company I use in the future has met all requirements of the municipal code. I hope this brings this issue to an end so we can give our full attention to exiting bankruptcy, reducing crime, and creating jobs.”
Classic Silva. It’s not his fault that he deputized a private “security detail” without consulting the city attorney or anybody else. It is the fault of the — well, he didn’t say. But we can assume he means The Record, with its picayune fixation on whether the mayor follows the law, and the elitist cabal that has opposed him from the start.
Unlike his critics, he is occupied with things that really matter – ”exiting bankruptcy, reducing crime, and creating jobs” — to vindicate himself.
That’s a knee-slapper.
I know of no major policy initiatives by the mayor on the weighty issues he referenced. I am aware that the mayor does not give his “full attention” to anything. His tendency to create minor embarassments for himself is precisely because he is marginalized from the mainstream of city government and prone to distraction. So he thinks up little side-projects like his Barney Fife bodyguards. He is spinning this latest self-inflicted wound as the slings and arrows he must endure. Oh, the burden of being the Alpha Fife.