Opinion by Matt Marquardt –Former Mayor and State Representative Bill Schickel says in a mailer that came to my house that he plans to do things differently than our corrupt Mayor Eric Bookmeyer and his chamber cronies.
Yes, Bookmeyer and his council are corrupt. We already know Bookmeyer admitted to stealing stamps from city hall for his private party. We know about the hostile work environment complaints. We also know he speaks poorly of local business owners when they criticize him. Furthermore, we know for a fact he does city business over drinks, and booze-drenched napkins serve as some kind of contract between the taxpayers he represents and the lucky party set to benefit. As for the council, well, we already saw certain businesses connected to the council (Metalcraft, Mercy Hospital, IC System for examples) get sweet deals time and again, and allow this mayor to lead them around by the nose like Helen Keller clones. It’s been confirmed now that one of our councilmen may be buying into the construction company he works at. He just voted to put his boss on the board at the North Iowa Corridor. Talk about a leg up on the competition… could be trouble there. We know insurance agent Janet Solberg attempted to meddle in the insurance business with the city by pulling records, and we know Travis Hickey’s garage shenanigans.
The above paragraph could be pages and pages long. Just read NIT to get all the details. These dirty dealings are part of what ails this community; the socially and politically connected squash the “ordinary citizen”. Why do you think the North End lays in ruins while the Cultural Crescent gets millions?
Now, there could be trouble for anyone looking to rock this boat. I’ve been known to take this metaphoric “boat” and not just rock it but tip it over, just to watch the cockroaches scurry. That’s when the letters started coming to my house promising I’d be shot, and the mayor and more than one of his cronies became unpaid sales agents for my business, routinely attempting to undermine my hard work. We’ll see how that all turns out.
Bill Schickel, a candidate for the city council, promises to “give a strong voice to ordinary citizens”. Obviously, this will be a major clash of styles of leadership. Corruption and honesty mix like oil and water, not like vodka and soda, the way Bookmeyer likes it.
When (if?) Bill Schickel is elected, it will be interesting to see if Mr. Schickel sticks to his word, and how the no-good sell-outs respond.