Past year offers abundance of Most Misguided Quotes

‘Call the Tune’ by Mike Anthony: Newsy 2015 offers plethora of Misguided Quote choices

By Mike Anthony

Besides 2015 being one of the “newsiest” years we can recall, it provided us with a plethora of candidates for Most Misguided Quotes of the Year.

In fact, we have more quotes than space for our annual column, in which we chronicle the most misguided, misinformed and misleading statements of the year. We offer the Most Misguided Quotes of 2015 selected from previous columns and others just too good not to be overlooked.

Sunset Hills Mayor Mark Furrer gave us so many contenders that we devoted an entire column to him.

During his recent trial for allegedly intentionally hitting a bicyclist with his car, he gave us some additional gems. Consider this one when he testified about his encounter with the bicyclist, Randy Murdick of Fenton.

After Furrer testified that Murdick grabbed onto his car, the mayor’s attorney Tom Magee asked him, “Why didn’t you just stop?”

Furrer said, “I didn’t want to have a confrontation with the guy.”

Having observed Furrer in office for nearly two years now, we’d be hard pressed to recall any instance when he has backed down from a confrontation, and, in fact, he has been more likely to initiate them.

The Crestwood Board of Aldermen in December 2014 adopted a 2015 budget that projected a deficit of more than $600,000. Asked in a candidate questionnaire if cuts should be made to reduce that deficit, then-Ward 2 Alderman Tim Trueblood said, “I would argue that there was not a budget deficit. When the projected end-of-2015 balance for all funds is over $4 million, not a negative balance and therefore the city did not have to borrow money.”

The last time we checked, a deficit occurs when expenditures exceed revenues — but it was an election year. His rhetoric didn’t fool voters, as he was ousted from office.

Given Trueblood’s unique views on finance, we were surprised that Mayor Gregg Roby appointed him to the city’s Tax Increment Financing Com-mission that is charged with recommending whether UrbanStreet Group of Chicago will receive economic assistance for its proposal to redevelop the former Crestwood Plaza.

Mehlville Board of Education member Jamey Murphy’s utterances during 2015 have earned him a special place this year. Murphy joined Lori Trakas in casting the two “no” votes against naming the school board’s meeting room the Daniel S. Fowler Board of Education Room after former Board of Education President Dan Fowler.

In an effort to “justify” his “no” vote, Murphy suggested that in the future the district should follow the state’s lead and only name things after people who have already died since it permanently ties the district to the person’s actions.

“This is not talking about Dan at all — look at the Bill Cosby thing, it ties,” Murphy said. “So going forward, I think we need to look at that for a future policy.”

If Murphy sincerely believes this, it would have been more appropriate to raise the issue at the next board meeting. Yet his “no” vote demonstrates his immaturity, as he has accomplished little during his short tenure on the school board, especially in comparison to Fowler’s countless volunteer hours and voluminous achievements that have propelled the school district forward over the past 20 years.

And last but not least, consider this gem that came when Tesson Ferry Republican Committeeman John Judd emerged as a surprise candidate to challenge then-Ward 1 Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa for the Republican nod to seek the 6th District County Council seat vacated by Steve Stenger after Stenger was elected county executive.

When the Call asked Judd when he decided to seek his party’s nomination, he said, “I’m not going to comment on that — I’ve got to talk to my advisers and decide what I should say in regard to that.”

Really? Apparently we were mistaken that it was a simple question.