Virginia “Brock Landers” Korte put out yet another anonymous Voice of Scottsdale editorial yesterday to bash the city council members who didn’t support her amateurish efforts to ramrod an LGBT anti-discrimination ordinance.
In that column, Korte accuses those opponents of ‘playing politics,’ and pandering to right wing nut job constituents. She says,
Scottsdale is supposed to be special – a city in which the political process is transparent and our leaders listen. Citizens’ input isn’t just invited … it matters. Or at least it has until last week when a majority of the City Council chose to ignore it – including input from the business community.
If you never attended a city council meeting, you too might believe that your input matters to city government. My 15 years of experience has shown me quite the opposite. And Korte knows better. She’s quite adept at the art of the left-handed stab, and has been practicing it for years. She’s probably the best one of all of them because she can smile and shake your hand with her right at the same time she’s wielding the knife with her left.
In her column yesterday, Korte cites:
A formal statement issued by the Scottsdale Area Chamber of Commerce said: “Increasingly, businesses seeking relocation to communities apply ‘litmus tests’ to those moves, among which for many would be the tangible and enforceable application of fully inclusive policies. For many of those businesses, the affirmative statement of an anti-discrimination ordinance would be a factor in future decisions, and a decision not to have such an ordinance could have deleterious consequences in business attraction and retention efforts.”
As I pointed out yesterday, there is no such “litmus test” for membership in the Chamber, of which Korte was once president and within which she still has considerable influence.
On a tangential note, Korte claims that “the Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,000 members.” I believe that’s an outright fabrication…with the real number of members in the 300 range. But you and I, the citizens, will never know. You see the Chamber closely guards their membership roster in order to shield the members from, for example, having to be liable for campaign finance violations. Political campaign finance violations.
And in fact, the Chamber as we know it today, moved out of city-owned facilities and stopped receiving city funding in 1991, for the express purpose of being more political.
It is worth noting that in her Voice of Scottsdale columns, Korte has never criticized long-time ally Suzanne Klapp, even though Klapp voted against the LGBT ordinance. Politics?
It is also worth noting that in the 2012 election cycle the Chamber endorsed both Klapp and Mayor Jim Lane, who has a long history of opposing LGBT protections.
I repeat what I said yesterday. Korte is using the LGBT issue for her own political gain.