Mayor John Harper vs The World — Part V
Tonight I finally got the response from our Mayor that I had been expecting. Well, sort of.
You see, our Mayor not only has, in MY opinion, an EGO problem, he appears to have a problem with civility when dealing privately, away from the PUBLIC eye, with issues related to Rowlett business, the Council and City employees. He (Harper) apparently has a reading disability and comprehension issue as well.
Today I sent out an email blast to the citizens of Rowlett, to email addresses that I garnered through city sources, ie: HOA’s, PTA’s, concerned citizens and civic groups, local businesses, various groups and organizations in various places throughout the city, ALL given to me by the multitude of Rowlett citizens wanting Mayor John Harper to just resign, leave, otherwise go away.
I was asking the recipients of that email to let the Mayor and City Council know what their issues were with Mayor Harper, and to do so via the CITY email address that is used to contact the Mayor and Council en masse.
Mayor Harper apparently missed that part of the email, and has now asked his fans to send ME emails telling me what a swell guy he is. I’ve received FOUR emails.
From: John Harper
Sent: Sunday, March 27, 2011 6:26 PM
Subject: Fw: To the Concerned Citizens of Rowlett Importance: High
TexasFred is a blogger in Rowlett. His email is below. He wants me to resign or face a threatened recall election.
Let me tell you why he and his followers are angry. He does not like my message that the City of Rowlett City Council and City Manager knows that the city operating budgets are unsustainable beyond one year unless spending is reduced.
The City Manager response is to survey citizens to see what municipal services you will accept being reduced. I have called for a review of employee benefits as well as for other program reviews to reduce spending now and avoid a tax increase.
So, those who do not agree apparently want to stop that message by stopping the messenger. Please respond as TexasFred has requested and express how you feel about deficits and tax increases.
To which I responded:
Mayor Harper, I never thought I would see an email that so fully illustrated a lack of reading comprehension. I thought a PhD had to have some serious reading skills.
If you had actually READ my several pieces you would KNOW, I said, “Your numbers may be SPOT ON, it’s not your numbers I question, it’s your presentation“…
Mayor Harper, you bully, belittle, insult, denigrate, threaten and embarrass the members of the council and city staff.
I have been told that you have said to a certain individual, “If you cross me, I will castrate you..”
You try to force your will on the Council as if you were the KING of Rowlett, and Sir, you are NOT!
This is NOT a dictatorship.
Because YOU think one way, and the Council, as well as the City Manager thinks another way, doesn’t equate to an ‘attack by RINOs’, it’s a Council and it’s called a disagreement, a difference of opinion.
You Sir, have turned it into a WAR.
Your public persona and your PRIVATE persona is that of two entirely different people, THAT Sir is MY issue and opinion, and it’s time that your fits of anger and lack of professionalism are known to ALL.
You said, “If you want me to go, say so, Cooper wants me full time“, well Mr. Mayor, I am saying this, in MY opinion, it’s time for you to GO, if Cooper wants you, that would be the place for you to be!
And one last thing Sir, I have NO problem with you attempting to garner support, but do NOT misrepresent my words or opinions, they are on the blog for ALL to read and if you are going to state MY reasons for doing something, state the TRUTH, or say nothing at all…
So, the BATTLE has been joined and the chips will fall where they may.
Mayor Harper doesn’t like being challenged, in ANY way. The words Civil Discourse are not in his impressive vocabulary. Or, if those words are there, he either ignores them or has no concept of their definition.
BREAKING NEWS: And now it has come to my attention that Mayor Harper wants me to be investigated regarding MY sources, my city sources. This is my response to what I once believed to be the most eloquent and well read individual I had ever known:
Mayor Harper, investigate until HELL freezes over, I wish you much luck in your effort to trample on the Constitution of the United States of America and my protection under the 1st Amendment of that Constitution.
I am a BLOGGER, I present News, Opinion and Commentary, that sir, gives me the legitimacy of being a NEWS person!
Sources, and their protection, is an item that has already been tested in the COURTS, as has the legitimacy and Constitutional protection of reputable bloggers, but if you want to blow more of Rowlett’s money, go for it!
As I said, let the battle be joined and the chips can fall where they may!
The headlines that this will garner are going to be awesome: Rowlett Mayor tries to intimidate local blogger, and my favorite, Rowlett Mayor Attempts to trample U.S. Constitution.
You just bit off more than you can chew Sir…bon appetit!