Every wonder why Will Flanagan would rather be Mayor of Fall River rather than an attorney practicing law? Could it be because as Mayor he believes that the people he appoints should do as he wishes, where if he were practicing law in front of a jury he could never get that sort of compliance?
For the second time Mayor Flanagan has been quoted in the Herald News as believing that the people he appoints should be on the same page with him. It seems our Mayor is trying to surround himself with "yes men" who will agree with him rather than those that may challenge him. Certainly surrounding yourself with those who will agree with you will make getting your own way easier. But it won't help you make better decisions.
So, obviously I have a difference in opinion or in philosophy with Mayor Flanagan. (Which is ok, unless of course you happen to be Mayor Flanagan in which case you expect people to agree with you.) But really this goes beyond some sort of leadership philosophy. There's a real issue here that the Mayor of Fall River wants the people he appoints to be loyal to him, instead of a loyal to this city. This is just wrong. When you appoint people to boards or commissions they should be looking to protect the best interests of this city not simply what the mayor thinks is best. I know this is par for the course in politics but wasn't Flanagan supposed to be different?
According to the story in the Herald News, which by the way concerns the Zoning Board of Appeals and a neon sign, Flanagan says he is not trying to influence the board's votes on applications saying "I don't do that" but when the board votes one way and you quip they "should be on the same page" with your vision of the city what else can you call that?