BREAKING: EMERALD CAUGHT ON TAPE BETRAYING CAMPAIGN PLEDGE NOT TO SUPPORT RAISING TAXES!!!!

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I’m not exactly sure what would get me up in the morning if I didn’t think I’d have another move by Marti Emerald that put her one step closer to resignation (I’ll save the rumors on this for a later post) or recall.

What did I awake to this morning? Half a dozen emails circulating around town which quote Emerald from a KPBS interview supporting new taxes, in direct contradiction to her campaign pledge. To paraphrase: For too long we’ve only focused on one side of the ledger. We must right the financial ship and put these tax initiatives on the ballot…

The best part of the interview, for those of you who care to listen to see if Marti was taken out of context, was Councilwoman Sherri Lightner, who has demonstrated time and time again that she’s much more of a diligent public servant than Emerald, commenting that new taxes are inappropriate since the public doesn’t trust City Hall politicians with the money they already have. Well said Sherri.

NOTE FROM MR. MURPHY: this post has been edited post publication to reflect that the above phrase in BOLD is a paraphrase of what Emerald said, rather than a quote. My error. Please see comments below for specific quotes from Emerald, which I think make it very clear that she supports the same taxes or fees she directly opposed in her campaign for city council.

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