The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, January 13, 2016 7:55 am

Councilman takes no 'bull' from resident

Dave Gong | The Journal Gazette

It all started with a statement from a Fort Wayne resident. 

Resident Jim Burnham rose to speak during the public comment portion of Tuesday's Fort Wayne City Council meeting, congratulating the new crop of Republican councilmen on their election in November. He said he was "glad to see the citizens voted for a little integrity in city government."

"I was here a few months ago before the election and I was urging the Democrats to energize their electorate and get out the vote, have the weenie roast, throw these 'evil' Republicans out of here that they wanted to do," Burnham said. "Get the message out, but if you remember those of you that were here, I said be honest with your message. How'd that work out for you?"

Almost gloatingly, Burnham turned his attention to Democratic Party policies, stating that he believed the election of four new Republican council members reflected a voter mandate. 

"I urge you to accept that mandate from the people. Get out there, do your job, be considerate of the other side, but don't get all wimpy John Boehner milquetoast on us," he said. "Do what you were elected to do, because I guarantee you if it was two Republicans and seven Democrats, they would roll over you and squish you like bugs to push their liberal agenda, their --" 

That's when things went sideways.

"Bull***t," said Councilman Glynn Hines, D-6th, through a thin cough.

Burnham admonished Hines in response, though he continued his speech undaunted. He described Democratic Party principles as "little utopian ideals" and "nonsense socialist/progressive stuff."

"So be fair, work with them, but you were given a mandate by the citizens," he said, once again addressing the new council members. "Push your agenda, push your ideas, control the spending and keep your thumb on the mayor and his pet projects that he's going to be coming up with."

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