Originally Posted by Norton
in a flier sent out by the Prather campaign to discredit Mr. Bose they state he strongly supported raising the age to run for City Council but didn't Mr. Bose vote against it so how did he strongly support it when he voted against it?
He voted for it (twice) before he voted against it. Then he voted for it again (twice).
You may remember that the Charter Review Commission -- chaired by Moe Johnson months after he was defeated by then-Texas State Student Chris Jones -- recommended raising the age to run for council from 18 to 21. (Some of the charter review commission members advocated raising it to 25 but were told by then-city attorney Mark Taylor that an age requirement could not be that restrictive, according to the commission minutes.)
The amendment passed the council 4-3 on the first two readings of three readings with Bose voting both times in favor of the age requirement. When it came up for a third reading, Ed Mihalkanin (in his last meeting) moved that it be dropped from the ballot and his motion was approved 4-3 with Mr. Bose voting to drop it. Apparently Bose changed his mind, i.e. realized he had cast his vote in error, because within minutes he voted to reconsider the matter when Chris Jones moved to do so. Then he voted twice in favor of raising the age requirement during subsequent votes.
So I don't think it's quite right to "spin" Mr. Bose's apparent confusion (voting against the proposal once and in favor of it four times) as evidence that he did not support it. Based on his voting record, you might figure that he is 4/5ths in favor of raising the age, which to answer your question is pretty strong support. Brad Rollins
Hays Highway covered the vote here:
The Austin American-Statesman covered the issue here: