The City of Charleston’s leadership under Mayor Joe Riley is a lot like Nazi Germany in 1945- pretty strong claim, but it was one made by Charleston City Councilman Tim Mallard on a Charleston affiliate WTMA talk-show.
They had World War II over the same type of dictorial leadership in Germany in 1945 and we had to go in and stop that regime. No trial, no jury, nothing but one man being able to say you’re out, that’s two, three strikes, you’re off council. It’s just unconstitutional.
It’s called the Rules of Decorum Ordinance, and it would target anyone who speaks “out of line” as seen by whoever presides over city council, who is normally Mayor Riley. Mallard is known for his outbursts and outspoken behavior in meetings. For that, he says he may be the target and reason for the ordinance.
I’m just trying to get to the bottom of issues, and unfortunately, open and clear and transparent debate is just not a part of the history of this administration’s leadership abilities.
Whether it’s Mallard or anybody else at the meetings, the person presiding over the meetings could warn a council member who violates the rules to be removed and charged with a misdemeanor. Mallard says there’s good reason for his behavior.
No, I haven’t been treating staff indirectly. But, I have been accused of being pugnacious, I have been accused of being irritatingly direct, and I have been accused of being downright bothersome, but it’s always about trying to get to the bottom of an issue.
Right now, the City of Charleston is checking the ordinance to make sure it is constitutional before it moves forward.