(Sidebar)This tactic is nothing new for the mayor on high. Mayor Chavez or his confederates actually tried to skew the results of the Eye Poll just a couple of weeks ago. Later that same week the 11th floor was trying to orchestrate a call in campaign aimed at talk show host Jim Villanucci. The objective of the campaign was to try to fool listeners in to believing that Marty's scam-eras enjoyed wide support out there in radio land.
This is also the show that set off Mt. Villanucci the following Monday, when the mayor in essence called anyone who had timed the yellow lights at photo enforced scam-era intersections kooks. You can hear the whole show here.
Villanucci and producer Richard Edes were not fooled for a moment and dropped all of the lines in order to allow a more representative sample of the general population to get through. In other words, callers without Marty's talking points.
It should come as no surprise that since the mayor tried to stack the Villanucci deck; he would have his cronies call in to his show as well. That's exactly what happened June 16th. We've uploaded the call in question so take a listen. You'll notice a couple of things about the call, the distinctiveness of the caller's voice and the condescension oozing out of the mayor.
When the Trib reporter Peter Rice confronted Ms. Reese about the call you'll note her first response was to spin saying, "I might have, yes." Then to make the ridiculous claim that, "[i]t's not something I would necessarily remember doing." Rrrrright.... We often call radio talk shows and find it hard to remember calling.
When Ms. Reese realized that she'd pretty much been caught cold, she fell into defense mode and claimed that "Linda" is her "alter-ego name." Alter-Ego name?! Now Ms. Reese seems to have a dual personality to go along with her poor memory.
What is it about the Chavez administration that requires its members to spin or everything from scam-era crashes, to yellow light timing, to call-in shows? Does the Almighty Mayor think so little of all of us peons down here that he can believe that we'll buy all of this? If you've got 40 minutes, listen to the entire show. Listen carefully to the mayor's attitude. Listen to how he treats his critics. To us it's offensive and couldn't be more condescending.
A couple of things are absolutely sure... The council and the mayor are heading towards an all-out war, and the public is on to the mayor's act. Seems like for the first time since Marty took office (the first time and the second) he's beginning to lose control of the public and the media. More importantly, he's not foolin' anyone... for a change.