So the mayor of Hartford held his town hall meeting for residents to comment on his Yard Goats stadium bailout plan last night, and two of the first print reports were, oddly, from non-print outlets: Fox 61 and WNPR. And both quoted the same person who spoke. Ready? Here we go:
“The best I can do and the best I can offer is to use my best judgement and then to come out and explain it and defend it and that’s what I’m trying to do,” said [Hartford Mayor Luke] Bronin at the meeting Monday night. “This was going to cost the taxpayers no matter what. It was going to cost us in the form of lawyers fees and delays in lost revenue if we had gone a different route. I think it’s going to cost us less going this route than it would have the other route.”
If you want to hear from the actual public who went to the public meeting, you’ll have to turn to the Hartford Courant, which ran a print article briefly citing a few local residents (one was worried about taxes going up as a result, one wants the members of the stadium authority fired, one wants the stadium project shut down, and one hopes the mayor is “thinking about the people of this city”) — as well as, since this is Opposite Day, video footage of the event. The lengthiest comment depicted:
The Yard Goats, even with their $2 million they’re putting in now — again, the onus of this is not on you because I don’t think you would have made this kind of deal — is a very insignificant amount of money, and their potential for profit is very great if this stadium is successful. That’s the deal we made. I have concern about that.
If you want to view more clips, featuring terrible framing and some excellent hand gestures, click here.