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Gary Thornock's Weblog » Rocky Anderson's protest
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24th Aug, 2005

Rocky Anderson's protest


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By now, we've all heard about Rocky Anderson's protest at Pioneer Park during the President's visit. (Of course, it wasn't really "his" protest at all: it was organized by other people, but Mayor Anderson is the one getting the publicity, as he often does.)

Whether you agree with the war in Iraq or not, there are some problems with the way Mayor Anderson handled his part in the protest. The main concern (apart from the number of people who flatly disagree with him) is that he seems to have missed the distinction between actions that are acceptable for Rocky Anderson, Private Citizen, and activities that are appropriate for the Mayor of Salt Lake City. This seems to be a recurring issue for Mayor Anderson: the title of his elected office, and whatever influence it may still have, are frequently dragged into his activism in matters that really have nothing whatsoever to do with running Salt Lake, that lie entirely outside his mayoral jurisdiction, and in which his activism doesn't appear to represent the people of Salt Lake at all. (Disclaimer: I am not a resident of Salt Lake.)

It's been nearly a month since Ethan Millard published his excellent piece, Mayor Anderson: Train Wreck. The events of the last few days once again bear out his observations.

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You can't believe to imagine how angry this Rocky thing makes me. Get back in your office and run the damn city.

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