Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Stirring words in controller hopeful's concession speech

Former city housing director Tommy Massaro was impressed enough with city controller candidate Al Schmidt's concession speech to send the original draft. He's right. It's a classy speech.

Stirring words in controller hopeful's concession speech

0 comments
Republican challenger Al Schmidt , who lost his bid for city controller on Tuesday.
Republican challenger Al Schmidt , who lost his bid for city controller on Tuesday. LAURENCE KESTERSON / Staff

Former city housing director Tommy Massaro was impressed enough with city controller candidate Al Schmidt's concession speech to send the original draft. He's right. It's a classy speech.

Schmidt, who was the Editorial Board's pick for controller, writes: 

"You're witnessing history tonight--because this is the first step in reform in Philadelphia in years. And you're witnessing it at a somber time in Philadelphia's history. The city is in a fiscal crises. Revenue is less than projected--expenses are higher than expected, and our leaders don't have a plan.

I'm disturbed that city agencies haven't been audited. I'm disturbed that the Parking Authority hasn't been audited. Why? I don't know. Are they covering something up? We're going to find out.
 
I'm even more disturbed that The Republican Party in Philadelphia is perceived as a division of The Philadelphia Parking Authority.

I'm disturbed that the City of Philadelphia is missing out on applying for federal stimulus money. That there's no clear leadership there. That's hundreds of millions of dollars we could be putting to good use. That's libraries remaining open. More police fighting crime. And increased city services. We're not getting that money because of well intended but weak management.
 
I'm disturbed that the city doesn't have a chief salesman. We haven't had a commerce director, the person in charge of bringing in new business--for eight months.
 
I could go on and on - but tonight, thank yous are in order. ... Thank you to Democrats, both citizens and elected officials, who had the courage to put registration aside and do what's best for the
fiscal prosperity of the city. And to the people who tirelessly worked for me (names) I thank you
from the bottom of my heart. ...

Historic movements start with courage - the kind the three freshmen in City Council have shown by banding together, doing what is right, and making a difference. The courage to do what's right ... It has to start somewhere. And that somewhere was here, today at the polls, and tonight with you. I'm thrilled to be witnessing it with you - together."
 

0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

The Inquirer Editorial Board's Say What? opinion blog showcases the work of the editors and writers who produce the newspaper's daily and Sunday opinion pages.

Find out more about The Inquirer's Editorial Board here.

The Inquirer Editorial Board
Also on Philly.com
letter icon Newsletter