A Burnsville resident recently submitted a Letter to the Editor over at Sun Thisweek which thanked journalist John Gessner for covering the story over who was behind the 100% true political mailer regarding Mayor Elizabeth Kautz just days prior to the 2012 election.
From the Letter to the Editor:
It was sent to 28,000 homes by Paul Gonyea and his cadre of dissident business owners and was a most scurrilous piece that had no place in Burnsville politics.
Gonyea and his friends conducted a smear campaign that was beyond the pale. The mailing piece did not identify the 10 other business owners who took part in this act of dirty politics, nor did the news story.
Gonyea states he knows no one who’s a fan of Mayor Kautz.
That’s interesting, I am not sure what belongs in Burnsville politics then. I would think that after the name of the individual responsible was released Mayor Elizabeth Kautz would have retracted her equally scurrilous attack on her opponent. The one which accused him of being linked to the mailing which was delivered to even more homes as it unfortunately appeared in the StarTribune where people across the Metro had to read about her not enjoying reading bullet points which were quite true.
While I don’t expect much good behavior from Burnsville’s Mayor Elizabeth Kautz as she’s certainly proved she doesn’t deserve such expectations, I certainly hold many residents of the city in higher regard. Chalk this letter writer up to the cadre of ridiculous business owners and citizens of Burnsville who don’t actually pay attention to what Kautz does, the damage her policies and buildings have created, and certainly the fact that the woman has not yet (and please correct me if I’m wrong) apologized for saying her opponent was behind the mailing. Because when she finally does, that’s when she deserves a letter like what was written, not now when she’s just as guilty as Paul Gonyea for publishing a smear campaign prior to the election.
What do you think about this one? Do you think we should hear an apology from Kautz for her actions following release of the mailing? Do you agree the attack was “scurrilous piece”? Do you think the letter writer even knows what the word scurrilous means considering the mailer was 100% true? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.