Rally for Strimling Today at City Hall; City Manager Plays Gutter Politics


Mayor Ethan Strimling, Julia Gesensway of EnvironmentMaine and City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau at Press Conference Last Week.

Jon P. Jennings Portland City Manager Goes on  Offense as he Sees Political Tide Turning Against Him at City Hall.   No Stranger to Politics, Jennings Formerly Worked in the Clinton White House.

Are you tired of the drama at city hall?   Does it remind you of the infighting at the national level? Join with the many supporters of Mayor Ethan Strimling today at 4:30 on the steps of city hall – just before the city council convenes a workshop intended to define the roles at city hall.

We Portland voters elected Mayor Strimling to successfully lead our city and want the city councilors and city manager to stop blocking the Mayor from doing the job we elected him to do.  The Council drama needs to go and the “Portland Press Herald” should report on issues, not reward the drama.  Our mayor needs access to the city manager and city staff.  City manager, Jon Jennings, put aside your ego and go to work with the Mayor on the important issues plaguing our city wrote Carol Schiller, in a press release to mhn.com

Join us.  Come show your support for Mayor Strimling at 4:30 pm on the steps of city hall.  Mayor Strimling works every day tackling the issues you care about!  Support him in advance of the 5:00 pm workshop meeting at city hall.  No public comment will be taken at the workshop, however.  It’s a workshop to discuss in public the roles of the executive department at city hall.  City manager Jon Jennings, a former Clinton White House attorney,  wanted it held in private. But those wanting it in public prevailed on the matter.

Councilor Spencer Thibodeau has been especially antagonistic toward the Mayor in meetings mhn.com has attended. Specifically, at the Tuesday, July 25th meeting  of the Economic Development Committee, the brash real estate attorney tried, in vain and  unsuccessfully, to bait the Mayor into an argument over the Mayor’s proposed amendments to the city’s TIF policy.  (The Mayor’s suggested amendments are an “earn while your learn” policy that even Twisted Trump supports as a national policy according to a  The New York Times article dated June 16, 2017.)  Another example of  self-serving and childish behavior on the part of Councilor Thibodeau.

At the May 15, 2017 city council meeting it voted to abolish the Mayor’s assistant position by eliminating funding for his position from the upcoming budget.  The brash Thibodeau was outspoken in his criticism of the Mayor at that time for his progressive agenda.  (Please visit post dated May 15, 2017 herein for more information on Thibodeau’s remarks.)

Gutter politics should have no place in Portland politics.  Gutter politics lack the dignity that Portlanders deserve and expect, city councilors and city manager, Jennings!

For more information, please email:  timmi@thesellersplace.com