This letter is paid content. To the Editor,
Ward 2 Council Member John Becker is showing clear signs of a politician who is out of touch with those he was elected to serve, and out of step with the times we are living in. It is time for a change when a politician:
1. Stops listening to voters and starts dodging controversial issues rather than leading. (see Republican Eagle Community Engagement letters, 09-26-20). At this summer’s peaceful protest after the death of George Floyd, Becker watched from a chair behind some bushes across the street, while other city leaders spoke to the people.
2. Avoids taking responsibility for mistakes by blaming others, and not telling the whole truth. After his censure for violating the Red Wing Code of Conduct and nearly costing a resident whose home had been damaged by a sewer backup any compensation, Becker posted on Facebook (07-30-20) “The City denied any responsibility for over a year.” Becker did not mention the reason: The homeowner did not file a claim for more than a year after the damage occurred. Once filed, the claim was resolved in months. Facts taken out of context can make a slick politician’s screw-up look heroic.
3. Makes excuses and points fingers. Becker’s recent admission that Red Wing tax increases are “unsustainable” (Republican Eagle Candidate Answers 09-26-20) overlooks the fact that he has been in office during the exact years those increases happened, but it is somebody else’s fault.
4. Says little or nothing about their plans in case someone might disagree. What are Becker’s views on public safety? We do not know.
5. Never apologizes, even when the facts of their wrongdoing are clear, because an apology might make them look weak. The residents Becker embarrassed by becoming the first council member in Red Wing history to be censured are still waiting for him to admit he made a mistake and say a simple “I’m sorry.”
All the above tactics are designed for just one thing: to help a politician keep his job. The most important sign that it is time for a change is when voters have the feeling they cannot trust the incumbent.
If that is you, there is an excellent alternative in Andy Klitzke. Andy stated clearly what he will do in office, including strengthening public safety. Residents have already been reaching out to Andy with their individual problems. The evidence of Andy’s competence and caring shows in his answers to the public on his campaign Facebook page. Andy is already filling the unmet need for a leader who can be counted on to help. Andy Klitzke has lived his entire life in Red Wing. We can trust him to do the right thing.
Red Wing, MN