‘Old dog’ Byrne not capable of ‘new tricks’
May 08, 2014 10:00 PM | 1714 views | 9 9 comments | 43 43 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Does Cobb commission candidate Bill Byrne really believe that the public is buying his line that an old dog can learn new tricks? Does he think we are that gullible? Is he counting on people not remembering his first reign? Bill Byrne has most recently claimed at the latest Republican Women’s forum to have “turned over a new leaf.” His attempting to win favor with the electorate by praising Helen Gorham and displaying a “new” attitude, that it is no longer “his way or the highway” is nothing short of insulting.

Commissioner Goreham deserves much praise for her years of service to District 1 as an outstanding commissioner and I for one am grateful for her service and impeccable record. As we know words are cheap and political expediency in the course of a primary election make them even cheaper.

As chronicled in Saturday’s MDJ Around Town, Byrne was quoted saying “I will bring the experience to build relationships — positive relationships — and not dominate the discussion.”

Unfortunately, that has never been the Bill Byrne experience. I am not sure if there is any evidence to suggest it might ever be. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Judging by his actions he has no intentions of changing.

Byrne has recently advertised that he is willing to work with Acworth, Marietta and Kennesaw (only three of the six cities in Cobb) and only four of the 10 business associations in Cobb. He has also recently refused to participate now or in the future with one of the leading business organizations in our county and the region. As a small business owner and someone who works with individuals all over Cobb County I have to say these are not good examples of the thoughtful, consensus building leader that he is claiming to be. As far as I can see, there has been no evolutionary process here and this appears to be the same Bill Byrne of old.

This is the same Bill Byrne who steamrolled the Bedminster project, authorized a failed Russian Art boondoggle and singlehandedly caused Cobb to miss out on hosting any of the Olympic Games because of his bullheaded antics.

Lest we forget, that this same Bill Byrne who, in his sworn testimony to the Polk County Elections Board, while attempting to run for office said and I quote: “God, no. The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County, let alone serve in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure Cobb County doesn’t move to Polk County.”

Bill Byrne’s heart is not of or in west Cobb, or Cobb at all. From this quote it appears it is about 45 miles west of Cobb.

When I think of Bill Byrne I am reminded of a Maya Angelou quote: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” I believe.

Dr. Cris Eaton Welsh

Kennesaw

Editor’s note: Dr. Welsh is a member of the Kennesaw City Council.

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watzupninja
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May 11, 2014
You quote this like it is a bad this...

“God, no. The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County, let alone serve in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure Cobb County doesn’t move to Polk County.”

He was responding to the moveon.org nimrods who are trying to turn Cobb into New York or any other worthless liberal mecca that is slowing melting into a pile of uselessness. Think Detroit. Dumb libs just are not smart enough to figure it all out!

Peter Tax
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May 10, 2014
Isn't it wonderful to have such qualified candidates running for office? Wouldn't it be great if we could be like Switzerland, with real democracy, where all citizens vote on each issue? Of course, that means citizens must be informed, intelligent and mature. Uh-oh.
Nice Try
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May 10, 2014
Cobb voters are getting smarter. Whoever the Chamber is for voters are beginning to run the other way. Weatherford is their boy. Nice try.
With friends like...
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May 10, 2014
Logically if I (and other West Cobb voters)follow the 'sage advise' of Cris Welch, her favorite, tax loving, candidate (Bob Weatherford) for Cobb Commission will be doomed.

Please follow:

Cris Welch wrote,

"I am reminded of a Maya Angelou quote: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” I believe."

Her favorite candidate, Bob Weatherford, is quoted in the MDJ that he is a big fan of the TSPLOST and was very disappointed that local law makers did not support the TSPLOST. Basically with Weatherford's support of the defeated TSPLOST and current support of the Bus Tax - he does not care what the voters of West Cobb want. Instead, Weatherford supports giving his vote away to staff members (and Tim Lee).

Bob Weatherford, I do believe you! Thank you Cris Welsh for reminding me. I vote NO for more taxes and a Bus to No Where.

Craig Kootsillas
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May 10, 2014
Will Weatherford bring to Cobb the stacks of apartments Welsh has brought to Kennesaw?
the facts are
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May 09, 2014
Seriously? 'Commissioner Goreham deserves much praise for her years of service to District 1 as an outstanding commissioner and I for one am grateful for her service and impeccable record.'

You three, and many others, must be some of the well-connected, privileged constituents in District 1 -- not one of us who are still reeling from the impact of Ms. Goreham's unwillingness to treat ALL the constituents in District 1 equally and fairly. Before you start throwing stones at anyone who may be willing to clean up some of Ms. Goreham's messes that many of us are left with, perhaps you should do a reality check of the real record that Commissioner Goreham leaves for many of us.

So True
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May 09, 2014
Thank you for reminding us of this, Cris. We do not want our community to move backwards with Byrne.
From Kennesaw
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May 09, 2014
Wonderful and correct letter from Dr. Eaton Welsh.

Lest we forget, this is same Bill Byrne who, in his sworn testimony to the Polk County Elections Board in 2008, while attempting to run for office said and I quote: “God, no. The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County, let alone serve in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure Cobb County doesn’t move to Polk County.”

I haven't forgotten. Have the election info sent by our now current Cobb County chairman Lee from 2008.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - Old dog Byrne not capable of new tricks
Melanie K.
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May 09, 2014
Incredibility well written and completely on point.
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