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Voters Express Cynicism towards Snowbird Platt on Fox 29, while Chief of Staff Insists Upon His Ignorance

February 24, 2010

On last night’s Fox 29 broadcast, it was comical to listen to Mayor Bernie Platt insist that he’s not even having much fun on his yearly month-long “working vacation” in the Florida sun. (For the record, he did this via speakerphone from Boynton Beach, Florida while residents brace for yet another horrendous storm).

What’s not funny was Platt’s Chief of Staff Dan Keashen, who the Courier Post pointed out lied “when asked about the mayor’s whereabouts,” continuing to spin his tale about what he knew and when he knew it.

You can look at it one of two ways. Either Keashen lied to cover up for his boss. Or the Mayor’s top aid honestly had no idea that the man elected to run the township was a thousand miles away. Keashen is either untruthful, or too uniformed and out-of-touch to justify his $80,000 tax-payer funded salary as the Mayor’s “chief of staff.”  How can one manage an entire staff if he doesn’t even know the whereabouts of the Township’s top official?

The Courier Post’s Executive Director EJ Mitchell says it best:

“If he knew that the mayor was in Florida since early February, and he knew that the mayor was not there…and he was on the phone with the mayor. That’s not misspeaking. That’s misleading. Intentionally misleading. That’s lying.”

You can watch the entire Fox 29 segment here.

Meanwhile, Mayor Platt continues to stand by his man.

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