Greg Davis wants to pin blame on his alderman for him being an idiot?
The only thing the Southaven Board of Aldermen should have done differently in the last several months is for one of them to have taken their mayor out behind the woodshed for a lesson in humility and humanity.
Apparently, Southaven mayor Greg Davis believes he has done nothing wrong in regard to deals involving a Florida condominium he co-owns with a developer who has received more than $3.4 million through real estate dealings with the city since 2008, a fire station that could cost taxpayers up to $4 million because of an unusual no-bid contract negotiated by Davis, and other recently reported transactions.
Because, he says, the city’s aldermen approved all transactions.
I suppose if the alderman had known ahead of time that the mayor had been running around using the city credit card on items from a Canadian sex shop (and why wasn’t it an American sex shop?) or was dropping $1,000 tips at a Ridgeland restaurant as he picked up the tab for state legislators, then maybe they would have stopped, dropped and said, “No way we are taking this deal you piece of garbage.”
By the way, has anyone wondered which legislators went to dinner with Davis that night?
As it stands, the aldermen are guilty of believing everything Davis ever said during his political campaigns about truth, family and the American way.
Well, that will never happen again.
Davis has used all of his political capital and probably all of his personal capital as well.
Remember, Davis was absent from city business on a 30-day leave for medical treatment when most of the dealings were uncovered and is under criminal investigation for misuse of city funds after being ordered by the state auditor to repay about $170,000.
And for all of the group therapy and extensive psycho-education he picked up during his 30-day leave, I am not even going to insult your intelligence by reprinting Davis’ quotes, blaming everyone but himself in this fiasco. He even believes he has done what is in the best interest of the citizens.
So, which is it?
The aldermen should have known he was a lying, cheating sack of, uh, beans, or he is a good, upstanding guy that is doing the work of the people.
As for those credit card reimbursements that led to the repayment order from the state auditor, Davis said he could not discuss it because of the ongoing state and federal investigation.
“I just want the public to be patient and wait because all the facts will come out,” Davis said.
After everything else that has come out, you really think he wants more to come out now?
My guess is Davis doesn’t believe in karma.
Please, somebody, one of you aldermen do the right thing and teach the mayor a lesson.
Then again, maybe some time in jail would be good for the mayor. I suspect that would be a much more — how should I say? — educational experience.