At the City Council Meeting on February 26, 2018, the Mayor verbally attacked former Commissioner Mark Reid, after he spoke during comments of the public interest period.
The former Commissioner was introduced by the secretary as "Mark Reid", not as a former commissioner. Mr. Reid went up to the podium and he began by naming every council member and the Mayor. Mr. Reid called the Sunday afternoon special council meeting a "charade" and the city council is an "affront to representative government". He talked about how the ERO and Plano Tomorrow Plan were passed against the will of a majority of the people. Mr. Reid also brought up the fact that the Mayor sided with sanctuary city Mayors by boycotting a White House meeting on infrastructure.
Mr. Reid viewed the Mayor and council's response to Tom Harrison's controversial Facebook post as, "Trying to score political points by organizing a public flogging of Tom Harrison for his Facebook post, which he later apologized for." Mr. Reid also said to the Mayor, "You call for tolerance and understanding but you offer none yourself. Before you could talk to Tom Harrison you called a press conference to stir up hatred and divide citizens against one another. You manipulated the council to further berate and criticize Tom Harrison, again showing none of the tolerance and understanding that he was so vehemently criticized for... " As soon as the timer beeped the Mayor said, "Your time is up." Mr. Reid tried to finish his sentence but the Mayor yelled NO! NO! NO! Then he turned off the microphone, even though he let everyone else complete their sentences after the timer beeped. The Mayor then began to talk, "For the purpose of factual content, maybe former Commissioner Reid, if he showed that much due diligence he'd have more then the six months he spent on the Commissioner Court." That statement was not factual, grammatically correct, or coherent. It was clearly meant to humiliate Mr. Reid. According to one religion, public humiliation is tantamount to murder. Remember, Mr. Reid was not introduced by his former title. Most of the people in the room probably had no idea Mr. Reid ever served on the Commissioners Court. Most people don't even know who their Congressman is. The statement by the Mayor to Mr. Reid was not allowed. According to the city council agenda, "This portion of the meeting is to allow items of interest or concern and not on items that are on the current agenda. The Council may not discuss these items but may respond with factual or policy information." The rule is clear. The Mayor may not have liked or agreed with what Mr. Reid said, but the Mayor was not allowed to respond the way he did. The Mayor also said, "I am going to ask again when you come up to speak, you speak on facts and you be respectful." The Mayor broke the rules; he gave an opinion and humiliated a resident, but asks others to only talk about facts and be respectful. That is what we call a hypocrite folks. I wonder if anyone on the council will be calling for the Mayor to resign or be censured.
This is Plano's Political Pitbull signing off.
To see Mark Reed and the Mayor's comments in full go to http://planotx.swagit.com/play/02262018-1921 and fast forward to about 20 minutes and 5 seconds.