Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Commissioner McVoy’s conspicuous absence at the mayor’s State of the City Address.

Please Note: It’s come to my attention that District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier DID ATTEND the mayor’s State of the City Address last year (see below). However, it’s also been learned that Commissioner McVoy has never attended a State of the City Address given by Mayor Triolo.

Mayor Pam Triolo gave her State of the City Address last night. Commissioner Chris McVoy did not attend. That’s a shame. If he’s going to run his campaign on all the successes of Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell, and commissioners Andy Amoroso and Ryan Maier he could have at least showed up and clapped a few times.

Below are some takeaways from the empty chairs on the City Commission platform last night at the Mayor’s State of the City Address. But first, the Post editorial board will undoubtedly endorse McVoy, even if it’s a lukewarm endorsement, but this would be a good question for the editor to ask:

“Commissioner McVoy. Why did you take ownership of all the successes by the City Commission on January 30th at the Playhouse Debate and then not show up the next day at the mayor’s State of the City Address to honor all those accomplishments? You said you voted with the majority 95% of the time. Isn’t that sending a divisive and confusing message to the community?”

Commissioner McVoy agrees with the majority “95% of the time”? Then why not show up at the State of the City Address if he agrees so much with Mayor Pam Triolo, Vice Mayor Scott Maxwell and Commissioner Andy Amoroso?

Commissioner Chris McVoy, PhD, first was elected in 2010 after being tapped by a former commissioner (Cara Jennings) to represent that district. In 2015, in McVoy’s last election he received 1,636 votes. And won! Can you believe that? Not exactly what one would call voter enthusiasm for McVoy’s representation.

Both McVoy and District 4 Commissioner Ryan Maier both did not attend the State of the City event. There are a number of plausible reasons for either not to attend, but the coincidence of them both not attending sent a message contrary to the otherwise unifying message from Mayor Triolo.

Mind you, this came after Commissioner McVoy stood up at the Lake Worth Playhouse Debate on Monday, January 30th, and said both he and Maier voted 95% of the time with the “majority” of the Commission. That statement was meant to convey the message that, in reality, the five members of the City Commission have much more in common than not, right?

Continuing his stagecraft at the Playhouse, McVoy rattled off a list of significant accomplishments by the Commission over the past several years. He was essentially claiming them as his own in front of potential voters who will be choosing whether or not to re-elect him to an unprecedented fourth term on the Commission. The big difference this year is he happens to face a significant challenge.

Those “accomplishments” now-Commissioner McVoy claimed on Monday night at the Playhouse are many of the same ones that Mayor Triolo included in her State of the City Address. So I guess McVoy thought it was OK to claim them as his own on Monday night but not show up to claim them as his own the very next night?

I will give Commissioner Maier a pass on his absence since he has chosen not to run for re-election. He already missed one entire City Commission meeting since issuing his announcement last December he would not be running; the reason being a host of personal and family issues. Maier was also absent for last year’s State of the City Address as well. [Maier DID attend the State of the City in 2016]

Not so with Commissioner McVoy, though, who definitely earned his title as “No Show McVoy” last night. To the voters that think the accomplishments he listed on Monday night were his, you should realize that most of them weren’t his after all—he had to be carried along kicking and screaming—but Mayor Triolo, Vice Mayor Maxwell, and Commissioner Amoroso succeeded anyhow. Despite “No Show McVoy”.

“No Show McVoy”. Another beaming smile from yet another campaign flyer. Are you getting tired of all this yet?