Yesterday I had a chance to talk to the Mayor of Springfield, Mike Houston.
It was as we call in the news media “a get”. He was shown on TV the night before slamming a door on reporters faces while they chased him asking questions. After doing so he was the subject of discussions all over Springfield yesterday morning. By early afternoon he decided he needed to answer questions so he did an interview for the newspaper and a recorded interview with Alex here at WTAX and had a phone call with another Radio station. He decided to sit down and do a live interview with Me though yesterday afternoon. He agreed to come in and gave me NO RESTRICTIONS on what I could ask. In other words he said that there was nothing off the table. He would answer all that he could and he did.
The Mayor came in and answered every question except for the ones he couldn’t due to ongoing investigation or pending lawsuit. I think we can use those unanswered questions though to attempt some conclusions. By the way, He couldn’t answer questions about actions and timeline by the Chief and by Corporation counsel.
After promoting the upcoming interview many of you went on facebook and started giving me suggestions about what to ask and how to handle the interview. I thank you for your input. But some of you told me to make sure I asked the TOUGH QUESTIONS. I replied that I would rather ask the RIGHT QUESTIONS. Some times those two types of questions intertwine but many times they do not. I tried to set up a bit of a timeline and get an explanation as to who knew what and when.
My impressions are that the Mayor is not happy about any of this. He’s not happy that the shredding took place and repeated that when he found out about it he immediately sent it to the Attorney General. It is also my opinion that he seems unhappy about future tough decisions he will have to make. I just hope they are the right ones because the two don’t always intertwine.