Right kind of experience?
There seems to be much noise coming from the “pro-Tony camp” (aka, “I’ve never met a developer I didn’t like – especially if they contribute to my campaign”) touting Tony’s supposed experience in running the large enterprise that is the city of Aspen.
Exactly what experience does Tony have?
Is it the experience he gained by suing citizens that proposed ideas different than his own? Or maybe the experience he gained by stating he didn’t care if 10,000 citizens signed a petition, he was going to do what he wanted to do. Or maybe the experience he gained by belittling, rolling his eyes or just plain ignoring citizens brave enough to try to come before him on City Council over the past four years?
Is it the experience he gained in getting the least value for his campaign dollar per vote: raising $11,175 for 542 votes, or $20.62 per vote (almost eight times Torre’s cost of $2.72 for each of his 566 votes)? Or is it the experience he gained overseeing city operating expenses balloon from $32 million annually when he took office in 1999 to over $65 million in the year ended 2002?
Maybe it is the experience he gained by giving away $20,000 in city assets for free to prove a point. Or perhaps it is the financial experience of running his personal budget that resulted in the filing of his own bankruptcy? (Reference May 5, 2000, Aspen Times article where Tony is quoted as saying that one of the skeletons in his closet is a bankruptcy “at some point in his past.”)
Yes, Tony has a lot of experience, but I don’t think that it is the kind of experience that we need in Aspen.
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