By Katy Cannady, Alexandria (File photo)
To the editor:
Mayor Bill Euille’s announcement that he’s still running for mayor shows us once again that he and his supporters can always rearrange the facts to suit their purposes. Somehow, in their eyes, because Vice Mayor Allison Silberberg won the Democratic primary with less than 50 percent of the vote, that makes her victory tainted.
Bill Clinton was elected president with 43 percent of the popular vote. On top of that, his two opponents, President George H. W. Bush and Ross Perot, probably agreed more with each other than with Clinton. Those of us who are Democrats are glad the first President Bush could not demand a do-over.
Now we can look forward to two more months of Euille telling us that his policies will at some point improve our financial outlook so much we’ll have lower property taxes. In his 12 years as mayor, property taxes were lowered in a few years, but overall, the trajectory was upward. We are told if we just give him another three years that will change.
At his announcement party, one Euille supporter claimed that the November election is a run-off for the Democratic primary. It is not. It is a general election in which every registered voter can participate. Most voters will want to vote for a new mayor, who, during her time on city council, has shown a willingness to listen to the citizens.