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Re: “How Mayor Karl Dean lost the wheel of the fairgrounds controversy — and what the subsequent pileup reveals about his administration

As someone who worked for Mayor Dean for 7 years when he was Public Defender, and who continues to work with him on a volunteer basis on his initiative to improve education for children with disabilities, I have to strongly disagree with much of what has been said here by Ms. Garrigan and by the commenters. Karl was an incredibly visible and hard working Public Defender. He handled many of the most serious cases personally, trying more cases during his elected tenure than many trial lawyers do during the same time period. He was known to work long hours, and many of us spent frequent weekends at the office with him preparing cases. Early morning mandatory staff meetings were the bane of our existence, but he insisted on having them on a regular basis. The Karl Dean and I knew then- and know now- is hard working, caring and very connected to his staff. True- he is not a Bill Purcell. He does not choose to try to be what the voter of the moment might like. Instead, he has always stayed true to his principles, even when they were not popular in a given crowd. I'll take that over a Bill Purcell any day. Did he make a mistake on the Fairgrounds issue? I don't know. He certainly apparently miscalculated the interest in the property. I'm guessing he would admit that. But again, I'll take someone who miscalculates any day over someone who spends their political life calculating how to get votes. Karl Dean is a rare politician- one who cares about the city more than he cares about his vote count. So cut the guy a break.

Posted by WendyT on 03/21/2011 at 6:19 AM

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