Monday, November 1, 2010

Editorial Cartoon by Graeme MacKay, The Hamilton Spectator – Monday, November 1, 2010

Bratina’s temper, agenda worry council

They didn’t expect him to run. They didn’t expect him to win. And now city councillors don’t know what the devil to expect when Bob Bratina takes over the mayor’s chair Dec. 1.

Councillor after councillor — some on, some off the record — say they have deep concerns about what Bratina’s firecracker temper and topsy-turvy agenda may mean for the city.

More than a few had runs-in with him during the six years he represented the downtown.

One councillor says the radio persona that the public loves is not the “Jekyll and Hyde” they’ve come to know at City Hall.

Another says if people think Bratina is volatile and thin-skinned around the council table, they should see him behind closed doors.

Some reportedly are considering baiting him when he takes over the mayor’s chair, hoping to goad him into fully exposing his angry side to the public.

Others think that for the good of the city they should try to steer him in the right direction.

A number take comfort in the fact that during the mayoral debates and dying days of this term of council, Bratina was both restrained and level-headed.

Clearly, Bratina’s surprise win has knocked many councillors back on their heels, turning him to a political hobgoblin in their eyes and presenting the mayor-elect with his first big challenge:

He has to win the confidence and assuage the fears of the veteran councillors who have taken his measure and come to strong conclusions about him. (Source: Hamilton Spectator)