I got a short email today from Adam Kirsch, Executive Director of the Marion County Democrats to explain why Joanne Sanders was not at last night's city council committee hearing decide whether to send the contentious CIB bailout to full council. I think it sounds entirely plausible considering city councilors almost always have regular jobs too. It does not surprise me that the Republicans switched the meeting time. In a separate email, Adam Kirsch stated on the record that Ms. Sanders vote would have been "NAY". He offered no excuse for another democrat city councilor, Monroe Gray who was also absent. Here's the letter:
Councillor Sanders was out of town on responsibilities with her full time job that evening, and couldn’t attend. She was going to be back for the originally scheduled committee meeting, but the Republican majority changed the meeting time, and she could not attend. Councillor Sanders is on record as not supporting the Ballard CIB tax increase.
Marion County Democratic Party
(317) 637-3366 (o)