WESLEY MAY NOT BE PERFECT, BUT HE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS
I have always been happy to try to keep Mayor Don Wesley on the straight and narrow when I think he's off base politically. But an e-mail I received from Rick Hoppe, a Democratic activist, through the Democratic e-mail newsletter "In The Loop" has brought to my attention that some of Wesley's opponents are going way too far. Here's the email I got, in its entirety:
To Supporters of Lincoln Mayor Don Wesely:
We need your help.
Many of the Mayor’s friends and supporters got together with Don shortly before Christmas to discuss his decision to seek re-election this spring.
An important topic brought up by the attendees was the “rumor mill” that is churning full steam. It seems our opposition is actively seeking to spread these rumors to discredit the Mayor and the many achievements of his administration. Unfortunately, their scurrilous tactics have been effective, as people all across Lincoln have been exposed to these lies.
The supporters of the Mayor at the meeting have asked us to fight back. They believe we should actively confront those spreading the rumors and provide them with the truth. That’s why you are being sent the facts in this email.
At the aforementioned meeting, Mayor Wesely has specifically asked about his alleged affair with Linda Hovis Hunter, the wife of State Title’s David Hunter and a former member of the City/County Planning Commission. Don firmly answered that no affair had taken place. His only relationship with Linda was as David’s friend and as the Mayor who appointed her to the Planning Commission. He further stated that his last contact with Linda came in February when he asked her to resign from the Planning Commission in light of the on-going scandal at State Title. In short, the accusation about Don and Linda is an outright fabrication.
Now it is up to us to ensure that Lincolnites hear the truth, rather than the lies. When the issue comes up, tell those repeating the rumor that it isn’t true. Tell them that continuing to spread this lie is not fair to Don or his children. Be firm in conveying to them that rumor mongering isn’t right and that it needs to stop. Forward this email to others so they can also convey the truth to their friends, neighbors and associates.
Together, we can help a good man and a good Mayor overcome the disgusting tactics of our opponents. Thank you for your help.
If you have questions or would like to discuss this further, please contact me at  466-9010 or 610-2720 or email me at email@example.com.
This smells like Republican campaign tactics. More on that in a moment.
As I said, I think it's perfectly fair to question Don's relationship with developers or the fire department. That, in and of itself, will keep him plenty busy during his campaign. But to manufacture lies about his personal life is just plain wrong.
Of course, there will be those who don't believe his denials. We've seen too many politicians deny too much about too many sexual shenanigans to just believe denials without question. But I have known Don since I took up residence here in 1993. My wife has known him longer than that. Because I believe his is a man of character, I hold him to a very high standard in these pages, and I question him when he is acting below what I know are his usual standards. On the other hand, because he is a man of character, I believe his statement that he has never had an affair with Linda Hovis Hunter.
As to the Republican tactics, consider: Glenn Friendt is truly a nonentity. Try to recall the last thing of note he has done on the City Council. I just ran a search for his name on the Journal-Star's
website. All I found was that he had announced his candidacy, and criticized the recent goatrope over impact fees. (So did I, so it takes little imagination). The best issue he has to run on is that he isn't Don Wesley. And that may be a loser for him.
You see, Lincoln is doing pretty well, budget wise. No property tax increase
-- our budget is doing better than everyone expected, and better than Omaha's
. Don can take credit for that.
(Oh, I take it back: Friendt did say something recently. He said the good news about Lincoln's budget is "the benefit of being a government town." Now, Glenn, you are part of a party that wants to cut back state government. Think that's going to sell in Lincoln?)
Anyway, despite pissing off a few people over what still look to me like political deals, Don has a very good record to run on. Friendt doesn't have jack.
Except maybe a very ugly rumor his people can try to play on.
I don't buy it, Glenn. You just pushed me completely behind Don Wesley. Henceforth, the cannons on the barricades are trained on you.