Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007 | Mayor Jerry Sanders’ administration is in the hole, and his press handlers are charting course for him to recoup support from the voters. The last time this happened, Sanders caved in to the ‘Sinroad’ debacle exhorting “Feldman, take down that building.”

Now, Sanders’ PR folks have him caving into recycling laws mandated by the state. And the reason why they did this 180 degree turn around is unspoken to try and hide the reality: Sanders is trying to rebuild support and whimsically takes on this recycling issue since it’s relatively non-controversial and has recently been placed on the table by Councilmember Frye as a topic for discussion.

Do we really think Sanders would have been a leader on the issue if there weren’t outstanding circumstances that otherwise forced his hand? No, of course not. It was the power of politics that made him turn around: Dig out of the hole you’re in by making good on something voters will appreciate. Sanders doesn’t act for the right reasons, he acts out of what will save or promote his rear.

What a pity our mayor now runs the city in CYA mode. And he has two conflicting constituencies to please: 1) the voters and 2) the special interests, who spent loads of money buying his loyalty. We all know he’ll be choosing No. 2.

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