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Like old friends

Mayor Tom Henry took to the airwaves this week to discuss city initiatives with one of his former political opponents.

Matt Kelty has been hosting a show – which he calls High Energy State – from 3 to 6 p.m. on WOWO as a type of on-air audition to fill the time slot permanently. On Wednesday he hosted the mayor, the man who defeated him handily in the 2007 municipal election.

But the former political opponents acted like anything but, in fact they were extremely friendly to each other.

Kelty took time to ask about the mayor’s family and mentioned his architecture profession more times than his political past. His legal trouble regarding political finances during their opposing campaigns was not broached.

The only mention of their campaign came at the beginning when Kelty said the last time the two talked publicly was during their debates.

Instead, Kelty complimented the work of the mayor, going so far as to call Parkview Field and Harrison Square “gorgeous,” although he repeated his concerns about using so much public money.

Kelty even said he supported the mayor’s idea to offer corporations extra incentives to locate within the city’s downtown. Overall, Henry’s former opponent gave him a passing grade.

“You are doing a fine job, as far as I’m concerned,” Kelty said.

The former mayoral candidate isn’t the only one getting a shot at the time slot, however. Zach Bonahoom, who unsuccessfully tried to unseat Clerk Sandy Kennedy last year, had an audition before Kelty. Gary Snyder will be doing the show next week after a short time doing a show from 9 p.m. to midnight.