Actually Equalvoice, I've made it clear over and over that the behavior on both sides was unacceptable.
Originally Posted by semi-native
Just to throw my 2 cents in, as someone who had nothing to do with either campaign, neither made me particularly proud to be a citizen of San Marcos or particularly excited about my options.
As for it being "scary that you are so young and involved", that's not something I have ever said and if you infer that, it is probably because you have a chip on your shoulder about being persecuted.
I said that my biggest issue is the rift between the renters and the owners and I asked repeatedly for Jude's position on that very issue. Not getting any real answer, I was left to make my own assumptions. If those assumptions were wrong or upset you, that's on you, not me. Not only did I ask very specific questions, but when no clear answer came, I told you guys what my reaction was and the conclusions I was drawing and I asked again for a position.
There was a large, vocal group, defining this election as Jude and the kids on Sagewood against Bose and the unreasonable neighbors. That came from people on Sagewood, btw. It was also positioned that way by people on the Prather side, right here. Someone (I don't have the energy to dig up the post right now) went on and on about how the city was persecuting the "minority group" that is the students. You realize that the students outnumber the property owners 2 to 1, right? You realize that there are more students than any other adult demographic in this city, right?
So, I do not think it was unreasonable to try to figure out where the savior of Sagewood notion came from and how accurate (or inaccurate) it was. I wasn't demanding to know about discharges or other immaterial crap. I had a few very specific issues. Issues that were a surprise to nobody.
I should be a politician's wet dream. I have an incredible pain that is not being addressed by the current Council members. I told you exactly what I needed to hear and I was ignored. It was like the John Kerry election all over again. Some of us who are frustrated with how things are going were begging for a viable alternative, but you spent more time bashing the other guy than giving me a reason to vote for you.
Maybe I wasn't as concerned with Bose's dirty politics (although I think I was pretty vocal about that too) because I had already made up my mind that he was not doing what needed to be done. I was begging you to give me a reason to vote for your candidate and you blew it.
Now, you're still bitching at the voters, like *any* of this is our fault. Other than the poor turnout, it's all on you guys and some of the poor turnout is probably on you, too.
We're the customers. If you don't reach us, that's not our fault. If you're waiting for me to take the blame for Jude not getting elected; to stand up and say "I was unreasonable and this is all my fault", don't hold your breath.
The reality is, while I am not opposed to voting for a student, many here are. You had two choices - try to get both sides united behind you, or play up the division to try to mobilize the students behind you. From the outside, it appears that you took the easy way out, chose the latter and failed. It is even apparent in your tone now. You seem to have disdain for the non-students and you try to project that onto us.
Even if you had succeeded in the election, that divisive play would have been (just as it is now) no good for this city. Nothing would have gotten done. Just as nothing will probably get done now.
So, thanks for that.