The city of Crystal, MN has been helmed by Mayor ReNae Bowman for the past 8 years. In that time, property taxes have gone up and the city government has grown. That should be no surprise, because Bowman is, after all, a member of the DFL.
It’s also no surprise that Bowman, faced with the very real prospect of losing her seat this year, will fall back on the tired DFL tactic of name-calling, flailing, and calling her opponent a liar. But Bowman finds a way to up the ante a bit more.
From the Mayor’s campaign site:
My challenger laments on the issue of taxes in our city, my challenger lies when he talks about the tax rate. I hate a liar, I have never lied to get elected. My belief is that if a candidate is willing to lie to get elected, what will they be willing to lie about after they are elected. I have proof to back up my statements, can my challenger prove his statements?
We’re used to DFLers lashing out and making bizarre statements when they are challenged (see Ellison, Keith) but I think this is the first time I’ve actually seen a political candidate say they “hate” their opponent. Even Ellison stopped short of that during his latest meltdown.
And yes, she said she hates her opponent. If you’re unclear on that, try recalling your Junior High Algebra: If A=B and B=C then A=C. My opponent is a liar, I hate liars, and therefore, I hate my opponent. QED.
You’ll note that nowhere on her website can Bowman point out where or how her opponent is wrong or lying. Facts are inconsequential when your political mentors teach you that you can just reflexively yell “liar” when challenged.
This isn’t the first time that Bowman has lashed out at her opponents. I covered her bizarre behavior at the LWV debate during the primary.
The bizarre behavior continues later in the same post, when she ends with a statement that shows she lacks even the slightest bit of introspection or self-awareness:
Vote for ReNae Bowman on November 6th, a candidate with a positive, proven track record of citizen service and respect.
I hate my opponent, but vote for me because I’m the one with the track record of respect. Got it.
To vote for a candidate that will respect all of the citizens of Crystal, even the ones who dare to disagree with him, vote for Jim Adams. Let’s retire the Mayor from her style of “service” for good.