“AFP is watching the veto fight closely,” Sean Paige, a former city councilman who is now AFP’s deputy state director, said in an email.
“We believe the mayor’s actions are fiscally responsible and reasonable, and the votes will be counted when we do a voter guide and candidate rating,” he said.
Paige fired off an email to council members about 11:10 a.m., less than two hours after council will hold a special meeting to determine whether or not to override any of Bach’s six vetoes.
Here is the full text of Paige’s email to council members:
Dear Council Members:
Just a quick note to express AFP-CO’s strong support for Mayor Bach’s line-item vetoes. We believe they’re reasonable, well-explained and fiscally responsible, given the continuing budget challenges facing the city. This isn’t the time for gamesmanship, territoriality or muscle-flexing, but for common sense, fiscal discipline and shared sacrifice. Going to battle with the mayor over tennis courts and a personal press secretary and legislative aide for City Council won’t go over well with the people who pay the bills, at a time of high economic anxiety and low public tolerance for political pettiness and posturing.
The Mayor has shown a willingness to compromise on some budget differences, but is holding firm on the right issues, as far as we can see. We urge you to compromise as well.
Since time is short and you’ll be meeting on this later today, I’ll spare you a detailed explanation for why we support these vetoes. Suffice it to say that they just make good sense at a time of such economic and fiscal uncertainty. These are potentially-pivotal decisions, which will send a clear signal to residents, and to voters, of what sort of stewards of public resources you are. We just wanted to share our views on the issue and let you know it’s something we’re paying attention to.
Thanks for your service to the city. And please drop me a line if you have questions, comments, etc.
Deputy State Director
Americans for Prosperity Colorado