I received the following statement from Mayor Joanne Yepsen:
Not sure which Charley Brown you spoke to?
Charley Brown, the City Democratic Chair and I spoke Thursday for 26 minutes. (I, of course, called Todd Kerner, the county chair as well twice). In our conversation, Charley said he knew I wasn’t sure, and he appreciated the call before Saturday’s meeting. If you had asked me two weeks ago, I was running. But out of RESPECT to the process, I made my final decision last week. I brought him up to date that there are too many options opening up that I need to explore and Charley completely “understood” and thanked me for my dedication and service.
Also in our conversation, Charley was enthusiastic about Meg being willing to run and asked that she call him that evening, which she did. He said he was concerned about who we could run, if I didn’t. He asked her to attend the meeting on Saturday. (I had just been asked to attend the Skidmore Commencement breakfast and ceremony to welcome our special guests, which I did as Mayor on behalf of the City). In the end, Meg waited for 3 hours but was not allowed to speak. She’s happy to go through whatever process they feel is appropriate at this point.
In that same conversation on Thursday, Charley and I discussed the fact I would draft a press release and get it out on Friday. He asked that I call him to let him know when it goes out so I called Charley again — from the Carrie Woerner democratic women’s luncheon on Friday — I called Charley at 1:18 p.m. to let him know it was done and would be emailed shortly and that I would send him a copy to circulate to the Committee, which I did. Again, he thanked me and I said whatever he needed, I’d be happy to help.
I then sent Charley an email Saturday morning before the Dem meeting to say I hadn’t heard that he wanted me at the meeting. I wished him good luck knowing it was a big day and assumed he had circulated my letter.
Meg Kelly being willing to run (and win!) helped me in my very difficult decision. I love being Mayor and plan to do so with the full vigor and dedication that I’ve shown throughout the last 3 1/2 years. I needed to feel the city would be in good hands after I leave the office. Therefore, I threw my support to Meg because she’s running with hopefully the Democrat, Working Families, Women’s Equality, and Independence Party endorsements. With all my campaign experience, I will help her raise money and serve as her campaign advisor. But, I really want to focus on being Mayor, not the candidate. Charley and I also discussed this as well.
Happy to talk, or provide you witnesses and documentation to confirm this process as written, if necessary. Hope it doesn’t come to that. There’s enough distrust in the world. I’m sure Charley misspoke or misunderstood and will clear it up soon.