According to the nomination letter, Craig Malin had many firsts. In 2004, because of Malin, Davenport was the only city in Iowa to hold a successful Vison Iowa referendum. Malin singlehandedly saved Prairie Heights and got everyone loving it. Malin was responsible for RME, the Figge, and New Ventures. He also opened up the closed minded city government, and reduced crime by 12% with nearly 10% fewer city employees. He also made sure Davenport was the most efficiently managed city of its size in Iowa, gave us the lowest tax rate in the state, and did twice the normal improvements to infrastructures. The city council was so impressed by this, one of the first things they did after the election was offer him a new and improved contract. I would really be impressed, if any of that was true.
The letter was supposedly drafted by by Malins assistant Robin with some help from Aderman-At-Large Howard. To read a copy of said nomination letter go here. I have to wonder if Alderman-At-Large Howard would help draft such a letter today.
Fast foward to 2006. The city is set to lose grant money because nobody knows what the Riverboat is going to do. Prairie Heights is still prairie, the RME is floundering, the Figge is a dissapointment to some, and New Ventures fell off the radar. City govenment is more closed than ever, people in some areas of our city don’t feel safe, we don’t have an effiently managed city, we don’t have the lowest tax rate, we have no infrastructure repairs, and his contract is coming due again. Add to this, his lawyer fees for a lawsuit, his closed door policy, and his wanting to give people who can protect his backside a diamond covered benefits package, and I don’t think he’d win the award this year. I think it’s time for this self-serving, egotistical, official to move on down the road.
What Davenport needs is a Redneck city government. When you’re done laughing, think about it. A redneck isn’t afraid to take a stand on an issue, they respect the law, know how to work hard, love and have and will fight for our Country, don’t trust wordy people and like to sleep on something said by same, usually have Bibles and guns in their homes, and are honest. Of course that would mean getting used to seeing the City Council dressed in blue jeans and ballcaps, but I’m willing to make the sacrafice for the good of our city. And if we throw in an intellectual or two, it could be interesting. That’s my take on it, your comments are welcome.