I received an email from Charlie Brown taking me to task regarding my post about the mayor meeting with the Saratoga PAC seeking their support. He asserts that she made clear at the city Democratic Committee that while she met with the PAC, she did not want their support. He also provided me with an email he indicates she sent to the Saratoga PAC spelling this out.
I have checked with three sources that were at the meeting that said this is not the case. It doesn’t really matter at this point.
I needed to fully acknowledge that I should have tried to reach the mayor to verify from her what occurred at the meeting with Saratoga PAC. Below is the text of the email that Mr. Brown said that she sent the PAC:
Dear Mr. Manz and the Saratoga PAC,
Thank you for your email and invitation to meet. I look forward to seeing you at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015 at the Holiday Inn. As Mayor, I’ve made it a practice to meet with any individual or group who is interested in city affairs and has ideas or opinions on how we can work together to make Saratoga Springs continue to reach its full potential. No matter one’s background, politics, economic status, position on issues, color, sexual orientation–I always am willing to listen. In that spirit, I look forward to meeting with you as well. My Campaign Manager, Will Sharry, and my Campaign Treasurer, Jeffrey Altamari, will accompany me.
I stand proudly on my record and convictions and I believe it is the job of the Mayor to listen to all and be open to working with anyone. My elected oath to the 28,000 residents of our city is to do my best for the city and represent all. I take that oath seriously.
Although, I am eager to have continuing discussions with you and incorporate your ideas, I do have serious concerns with the growing influence of big money PACs and the undue influence they can bring upon our local elections and unnecessarily divide our city and community further. I am running, as I ran two years ago and for the last 10 years I have served in public office, a grassroots, independent campaign. As always, my goal is to hear from all sides and lead the City to bring ideas and people together in our final decisions. This year is no exception.
It is important for everyone to be included, with $1 and up in contributions, with volunteering, and with their votes. I am glad we are meeting to clarify my record, update you on my positions, hear your ideas how we can make Saratoga Springs even better, and more effectively work together and represent you; however I am not seeking your endorsement or financial support.
Please let me know who will be attending from the Saratoga PAC.
Thank you for your commitment and interest in our city’s future.
Mayor Joanne Yepsen
It was my responsibility to have checked with the Mayor and had I done so, I assume I would have learned about this email. I believe that accuracy in these matters is extremely important and that I have done Mayor Yepsen a serious disservice for which I fully, publically apologize.
In addition, it is important for me to acknowledge that based on Bob Turner’s comment, it was unfair of me to characterize Mr. Sharry as inexperienced. According to Mr. Turner, in spite of his age, he has been involved in a number of significant campaigns.
This is not a case that “mistakes were made.” I am fully responsible for misrepresenting Mayor Yepsen on this issue.