Brian Bahr isn’t trying to take credit for the City Council’s decision to delay a ballot question on Memorial Health System and such a claim is downright ridiculous, his campaign manager said.
But Bahr was the only mayoral candidate who took a “principled stand” on the contentious issue, even though some people warned him that it could cost him votes, Kyle Fisk said.
“Brian Bahr was the only candidate in the mayor’s race to stand up and take a principled stand,” he said. “There were many people that told Brian, ‘You don’t want to take a position like that. That can cost you votes.’ Brian is not that kind of a leader.”
Fisk was responding to a blog questioning whether Bahr was taking credit for a decision to put a vote on Memorial on hold.
“A claim that Brian Bahr is trying to take credit for Memorial not making the ballot is ridiculous,” he said.
“I could be wrong — there might be someone else out there — but I don’t know of any other candidate who has publicly taken as strong of a position as Brian did in defense of the taxpayers,” he said.
In a new radio ad, Bahr says: “Our efforts to communicate with City Council and Memorial on this issue have paid off.”
Councilman Bernie Herpin said Bahr spoke to council only once and that he never spoke to him about Memorial.
“The decision to postpone was based on the PERA buyout and nothing more,” Herpin said via Facebook.
“I want a mayor who has a forward looking vision for our city and keeping MHS as a city enterprise doesn’t fit my vision for our community,” he said. “If MHS is going grow into a destination healthcare system, it needs the freedom to form partnerships and grow that is not as likely with the current system.”
Fisk said Bahr was part of a bigger movement to bring attention to the issue.
“We had a link available on our website where people who listened to the ‘Daily Minute‘ can go and with one click of a button can e-mail all of City Council. I know that that link was clicked many, many times,” he said.