I went door knocking for a few hours this afternoon. I met an attorney who moved to the city over 20 years ago, he works for non-profits, and has worked with the Mayor on a number of projects. He spoke for many of the people that I met when he agreed we need a change. He said the problem at City Hall is that the Mayor does not attract good people to work with him to solve the problems because the Mayor is so petty and hard to deal with, and vindictive. He wants all of the credit and doesn't want to share in the good will. What is the matter with giving John Connolly the credit for working on an environmental issue or a bike issue? How about sharing the credit for implementing an effective numerical analysis tool like Citistat as some councilors have called for, or a 311 information number that many cities have? As this attorney said, if this guy was running a major corporation he would have been fired long ago.
A big thinking person would just want to do what is best for his constituents, no matter who comes up with the idea.