by Dan Gibson
We all make mistakes, so maybe it's bad form to mock others when they err publicly.
Then again, when the local Tea Party copies and pastes the wrong e-mail and sends it to their followers, it's hard to not see the humor in that.
The first e-mail from the Tea Party on the downtown hotel vote starts off making sense ... but seemed a little off-message after a few lines:
TELL THE CITY COUNCIL TO VOTE NO!
Join us on Tuesday October 26th at 5 p.m.
Bring a sign or we'll have signs there for you.
The final decision on the new Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center Expansion in downtown Tucson is days away when the Tucson City Council will make a monumental decision to either proceed with this project or end it. As fellow contractors in the Tucson community, and with potential involvement in this project, we are asking for your support one more time to send a message to the City Council that this project needs to happen.
This vote is contentious and we need to remind our City Council how important this project is to Tucson and our crippled construction economy. In the next four days, please take the time to contact each Council member and let them know that this project needs to be built. Key points to mention as well as Council member and Mayor contact information is below.
Thanks to many of you, we had a terrific turnout of over 500 supporters at the Rio Nuevo board meeting several months ago and that went a long way towards keeping the project alive. We need an even bigger turnout this Tuesday October 26th at 5 p.m. - the Council meeting has been moved to TCC because of crowd expected so let's not disappoint! This will be regular session, public discussion of the project beginning at 5:30 pm so please plan to arrive by 5:00 pm.
Thanks for your help again on this important issue.
Then, about eight minutes later:
...Please disregard the entire last message. We cut and pasted the wrong letter.
It is very important that we say NO to the hotel as there is no way to pay for it in the current economy. The last message is what the supporters of the measure are going to use to get people out to support this boondoggle.
Please show up with signs o use ones that a business leader will be helping provide.
Even if you do not live in Tucson, this issue is of the utmost importance. Please show up and support Steve K. in finally forcing the city concil to support fiscal sanity."
One question unrelated to the error: Which "business leader" is providing the anti-hotel signs?