Barbara Cowell, Jose Lizzarraga and Bob Kelley
recently formed an "ad hoc" committee to charge Mayor Ed Foster with ethics violations.
ad hoc committee
A committee formed with the purpose of addressing a specific issue or issues, which theoretically is disbanded once its reason for being is finished
Now, this is pretty hilarious when you consider the current state of ethics at Town Hall. Funnier still is that their accusations begin before Foster was even elected as Mayor. (It seems Jose holds a really big grudge about that Superior Court mandamus asking the Council and former wanna be mayor Wes Huntley to actually obey the law!) And now the inquisitors have demanded that Mayor Foster appear before them on August 24th, to answer for his actions. But...that's not going to happen.
If you're not one of the three stooges who received this in their box at Town Hall today, this was our Mayor's reply:
Barbra Cowell vice Mayor, Chair person Ad Hoc Committee
Appearance before said committee
August 16, 2010
I will not be appearing before your committee on August 24 or at any other time. I have been advised that the possibility of a fair hearing on the absurd charges presented in the documents you have provided is not possible. This is another in a long list of attacks that began as soon as I was elected and I will not lend any legitimacy to the allegations your committee has leveled against me with my appearance before your committee.
Two members of this committee have publicly condemned me with at least one indicating he would never forgive me for bringing charges against him in Superior Court. This leaves no doubt as to the outcome of my appearance before this committee and suggests some less than honorable motives. I will still let any council member express their opinion of me publicly during council meetings, because I do believe in the freedom of speech.
I was elected by the people and I have fulfilled my oath of office to preserve and protect the Constitution and the laws of The State of Arizona since I have been sworn in as Mayor. I don’t believe your committee is the appropriate authority to question the wisdom of the people, but if any person believes that I have violated any law in the discharge of my duties as Mayor they are welcome to file charges against me with the appropriate authority.
Mayor Quartzsite, AZ
Councilman Jose Lizzarraga
Councilman Bob Kelly
Copies of this letter have been posted around Quartzsite, for the public to read.
Now I ask you....is it appropriate for members of the Town Council to use their public office for a personal vendetta? Is this in the best interest of the community? Did you elect them to do your business, or their own?