In a mailer that Al Weed’s campaign sent out last week, this statement is made about Weed’s nomination opponent, Bern Ewert:
Why did the Galveston Branch of the League of United Latin American Citizens and the NAACP seek a court order to prevent Bern Ewert from being appointed city manager?
I just received an e-mail in response to this, written by Barbara Crews, former Mayor of Galveston. Here is what she wrote:
I have seen the recent official mailing from the Al Weed campaign indicating that the Galveston branches of LULAC and NAACP sought a court order to prevent Bern Ewert from being apointed to the position of City Manager in Galveston, Texas. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, his strong record of working with diverse communities was an important attribute that my city council considered when he was hired.
I was mayor of Galveston from 1990 through 1996. My city council voted to hire Mr. Ewert for the city manager’s position in December 1995 and he came to Galveston shortly after his interview to begin work. There was never any public comment or legal action against the city to “prevent Bern Ewert from being appointed . . . ”
At the time Bern was hired, Galveston was facing serious budget challenges. He used his considerable organizational talents, his superior budget skills and his ability to build consensus to help reorganize and substantially improve the city’s financial position.
It gives me satisfaction to have the opportunity to respond to an obviously false campaign smear with the true facts about what, to Galveston, was a serious condition and one that Mr. Ewert faced with professionalism, integrity and the utmost sincerity.
Barbara K. Crews
Mayor of Galveston, 1990-1996
City Council Member 1985-1990
I have no personal knowledge about the veracity of either Al Weed’s statements or Ms. Crews’ response—I’m just printing them.
9:21pm update: There’s some good discussion here about Ms. Crews’ comments and how they compare to the mailer. Be sure to read the comments if you want to get the full picture.