It seems that Andy Amoroso went after this blogger for the graphic depicting him as a Klansman hauling off commissioner Maier to be hung, as he or someone on his team called Channel 12 and they ran a one-sided segment about the Ryan Maier incident never contacting Maier or me. Words like "despicable" were used as well as Andy's favorite, "Let's move this city forward."
Residents like Jessica Teutsch find the mudslinging shameful, saying "it hurts the town she’s come to love." Jessica, who doesn't even live in this city, started the "mudslinging" that more than likely was encouraged by that political side. According to Maier, William Waters, Director of sustainability said, "the code citations were not evidence-based, rather based solely on the claim of a woman name Jessica Teutsch."
They (the other side of politics) can't accept, nor can John Szerdi, that he was slaughtered in the last election. Even this past Tuesday when Scott Maxwell brought the subject up and wanted to comment about these "serious" code violations (that have not been proven), Szerdi was waiting out in the hallway...waiting for this public lynching of Ryan Maier who beat him unmercifully...waiting in vain for some personal glee but the mayor stopped it. Maier kept his composure throughout the entire episode.
This story of Channel 12 is one-sided. For a news station, this is what's "shameful." They should focus on both sides of the story and what prompted this graphic, not just the politics of one side in our city. Amoroso comes up for re-election so I am sure that he is not happy about it but most people are not happy with political satire/parody when they are the subject. He needs to put on his big girl panties as Maxwell would say. He is a public figure. "Racism" came into play when Vice Mayor Maxwell called all of us who voted against the general obligation bond, "racists."
And let me remind all of you that we have free speech in this country and the Hustler's Magazine case involving Jerry Falwell that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court--it all had to do with parody.
Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell, (1988), was a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court held, in a 8–0 decision that the First Amendment's free-speech guarantee prohibits awarding damages to compensate for emotional distress intentionally inflicted upon them.
Thus, Hustler magazine's parody of Jerry Falwell (which talked about Falwell having sex with his Mother) was deemed to be within the law, because the Court found that reasonable people would not have interpreted the parody to contain factual claims. Source: Wikipedia.
So, everyone knows that Commissioner Maxwell and Commissioner Amoroso are not members of the KKK. But, Maxwell did try to publicly "lynch" Commissioner Maier. That IS something that we all know.