TAYLOR AND WARRICK DEFEATED IN RUNOFF
Although I respect Ms. Taylor as a person she made a lot of social and political mistakes, as did Alan Warrick. The reasons for Taylor’s loss that I hear from community leaders is that like many politicians they are often swept up in believing that the people who got them there the first time will return a second time to reelect you. It does not always work that way if you become too entrenched with certain ideological forces. Politicians are people, and are often swept up in the political madness. Here is a short list of what seems to have happened. According to many, Taylor associated too closely with extreme conservatives like John Hagee, but viewed herself as a mayor for all. Taylor did not concentrate on everybody, and instead aligned herself with extremists in right wing circles. She also did not readily, and out-front underscore, the need to fix up neglected parts of the city. Being the mayor for everybody means just that that!
She actually lost the support of most of the black elected officials across the area and some eastside activists and neighborhood association leaders. She made what some called really “reprehensible” remarks about poor people, calling them "broken." Poor people live in terrible conditions as a result of complicated social, economic, psychological, and political reasons. The reasons for poverty can hardly be reduced to simply the result of being “broken.” The former mayor refused to listen to people that had been abused by police and approved one of the worst police contracts in San Antonio history. The local Black Lives Matter movement opposed her and lost confidence in her leadership after the issues of police abuse and calls for reform were ignored. This was particularly troublesome for those that have seen police abuse first hand, and there are hundreds.
Across the country blacks, Mexican Americans, elected officials, whites, women, and young people all supported removing racist confederate symbols from public areas , but she refused to listen and even defended leaving the statue in Travis Park in place, making the claim that it was “erasing history.” But any logical person would conclude that removing racist symbols to a museum is not erasing history. I have never seen a museum that had a policy of erasing history! Many wondered why she adopted this position in the first place, especially since she is an African American. Many felt that she was ignoring her own interests and that of the black and progressive community who are opposed to racism.
Others complained that the former mayor opposed open democracy in council meetings giving little attention to issues in individual council districts. Her campaign manager during her first election was an extremist-minded Republican, which raised the ire of Democrats. Most saw her first term as one where she was beholding to extremist conservative whites. The Northside elected her, while blacks that only saw skin color supported her without looking closely at her conservative politics. Many blacks abandoned her campaign when the word got out that she was getting to close to Northside conservatives. She was accused by several leaders of being into personal feuds with former elected officials, and refusing to meet with people that had opposing views.
Another political insider informed this column that after receiving support from the county judge, Nelson Wolf, he recently withdrew his support causing Northside money to go to Nuremberg the new mayor. According to Bexar County operatives she opposed a housing bond proposed by African American commissioner Tommy Calvert Jr. who was trying to win support for that project with city and county cooperation. Quite interestingly, Bexar County, along with New Orleans and many other cities removed racist symbols and monuments across their respective areas. Others were still politically irritated about her pledge not to run for mayor in the first place. Another issue that surfaced was her opposition to “Sanctuary Cities,” which caused many Hispanics to vote against her. Thus, many Progressive Democrats, African Americans, Hispanics, and millennials saw her position as that of a conservative.
In the City Council race for District 2, several problems plagued Alan Warrick. He initially accepted the advice of some staff members, and police forces, to move the MLK March from its historic route. Many black folks were not about to forget that! The big problem came when Warrick’s drinking problem became public. To his credit he did reverse his position on the MLK March, but the publicity on these two issues seems to have been his undoing. There are other politicians with drinking problems, and we should encourage them to seek help. We should care about them in a real community sense. We wish the losers God-Speed, and now the winners must also be held accountable. For one, that Statue in Travis Park MUST GO!