Forget Sam "Have You Seen My Press Release" Merulla, now it's Sam "Who's Talking About Me?" Merulla.
Councillor Merulla (Ward 4) sent an email blast to local media yesterday in response to Spectator columnist Andrew Dreschel's less-than-salutory article on Merulla's antics, suggesting that Dreschel's column was "malicious, evil, laughable or simply cognitively impoverished".
Calling Merulla "distracting" and "disruptive", Dreschel writes that Merulla's "in-your-face and over-the-top behaviour is in a league of its own." Worse, Dreschel argues, Merulla's "grandstanding ... inevitably casts the same garish cartoon colours over" the rest of Council.
Dreschel's column closes by noting that Merulla's ward residents love him and returned him to Council in the 2006 municipal election with a wider margin than in 2003.
From advocating transit fare freezes to blasting provincial downloading, there is no stronger or louder defender of the poor on council.
Fearlessly outspoken, Merulla truckles neither to big money nor to the influential sacred cows in this town.
Merulla apparently discovered the column through a Google Alert on his own name - a service by Google that automatically sends you emails of news articles that contain keywords you're interested in tracking.
He forwarded his Google Alert email with the link to Dreschel's story and added:
To whom it may concern:
After reading today's column entitled, "Merulla's behaviour in a league of its own" my only response is that I thank you for taking the time to highlight my efforts at council in attempting to focus on priorities that matter.
I will never apologize for being a "fearless leader" in what I believe in strongly because it is not in my nature to be a fearful follower in something I don't believe in at all.
Also the wonderful aspect of a democracy is no matter how malicious, evil, laughable or simply cognitively impoverished one's opinion is, they have a right to their opinion and for that we should all be grateful. Thanks for your opinion!
There's never a dull moment in city politics.
You must be logged in to comment.