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Democratic Response To Cordle Announcement

| October 08, 2009, 05:54 PM | 3 Comments

Nothing But Political Opportunism

The following statement was jointly released by Josh Cohen, Ross Arnett, and Dick Israel:

Cohen, Israel and Arnett Denounce Cordle Flip-Flop As Political Opportunism


I have no doubt that voters will see this last minute flip-flop for what it is: political opportunism. Our form of government has been debated for over a year, and up until today Dave Cordle and I held the same viewpoint. Now, with just 26 days remaining until Election Day, he flip-flops.

Dave is a good man, but he has a troubling pattern of flip-flops that raises serious concerns about his ability to lead this city as mayor.  Earlier this year he voted to impose a sidewalk tax only to reverse himself following a public outcry.  Today he reversed his long-standing position on the City Manager issue.  What’s going to be next?

Annapolitans deserve a mayor who has the courage of his convictions. Whether the issue is slot machines or our form of government, you may not always agree with me but you will always know where I stand and why.


Earlier this year, the City Council considered an amendment to the City Charter to establish a City Manager form of government. Both of us supported this amendment, but it failed leading to a citizen’s referendum attempt.

Alderman Cordle repeatedly voted against the amendment.

Now in the closing weeks of the mayoral campaign in which he is the Republican nominee with Independent candidate Chris Fox, a City Manager advocate, coming up strongly on his right, he has reconsidered his position.

Mr. Cordle has recently announced that he will introduce a City Manager amendment virtually identical to the ones he voted against. As the Council on which Alderman Cordle and we serve will leave office on December 7th, there will not be time to adopt this important change to the form of City governance.

His reconsideration of his position appears to be a “fox-hole” conversion.


Cordle was the deciding vote against a city manager who reports to the city council earlier this year. [City Council Minutes, 2/9/09, Roll Call Vote on CA-04-08]

Cordle voted for a city manager who reports to the mayor earlier this year. [City Council Minutes, 2/9/09, Roll Call Vote on CA-06-08]


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  1. N Rase says:

    I don’t think Mr. Cohen’s example of flip flopping on the sidewalk tax is very compeling or particularly helpful to his fellow incumbent democrats running for City Council. According to The Capital (I paid $5 to check the archives) the only opposing vote to the legislation when it inially passed was Ms. Stankivic. The bill was repealed after Mr. Israel obtained an Attorney General opinion that the tax was illegal. Seems to me 7 of 8 Alderman, plus the Mayor, fip flopped and for good reason. It certainly is not unusual for elected officials to change positions on issues and is highly acceptable when that change is in response to constituent support. I believe 3500 citizens signing the petition in support of the City Manager legislation is certainly a strong message from constituents. In fact didn’t Mr. Cohen just this week flip flop on the Priest Point zoning in reponse to constituent opposition. I respect elected officials who respond to the voters. I don’t respect politicians who ask to represent the voters and then chose to move on to another office before fulfilling their commitment. Now that is flip flopping or is it job hopping?

  2. D Smith says:

    One of the goals of the city manager petition drive has always been to educate voters on the benefits of City manager. For many people this was a new concept. Any time you bring up something new, there is a natural resistance to change. However, in talking to literally 1000s of people over the past 8 months, once we outlined the pros and cons, the most frequent response was “this is a no-brainer.” I believe Alderman Cordle is responding to the wishes of the citizens of Annapolis.

  3. Holden Caulfield says:

    Oh come on! The whole idea behind the city manager scheme is the cynical idea that all/any politicians cant be trusted – especially Annapolis mayors!

    How about we drop the idea of “flip flop” and instead call this what this really is, trading endorsements for a political “quid pro quo”.

    Bitter Miss McFraud didnt get to be Mayor so now she wants to get even!

    Cant get more cynical than that can you?

    But the “big brains” here think this show political “wisdom”.


    Lets help most Annapolis voters aren’t so easily impressed by such low witted idiocy.

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