That statement by Council Member Gabe Santos at the City Council meeting of June 14th reminds me of President Richard Nixon’s televised statement, “I am not a crook.”
I don’t know if Gabe Santos is a crook, but I do know that he is a liar — no matter how much he protests to the contrary.
During the discussion of the amendment to the Longmont Fair Campaign Practices Act that now allows for the first $5,000 in contributions and/or expenditures to issue committees to remain hidden, Santos decided to reference an earlier ballot issue. He had the gall to make the pronouncement that there was some doubt whether those signatures were gathered truthfully.
Santos was referencing the highly unpopular and undesirable annexation in 2007 of the LifeBridge development. Liars should not be allowed to have their lies stand unchallenged.
The following are my remarks at final Public Invited to be Heard.
Let me make something perfectly clear, especially to Mr. Santos and his friends and associates who leave comments to articles on the Times-Call or who otherwise write.
The referendum to overturn the annexation of the LifeBridge development garnered more signatures than needed — over 6,000 signatures. LifeBridge did a telephone poll to test the community waters and as a result pulled its application for annexation.
Your people, and they are your people, have taken to saying the signers of that petition were lied to.
The only people who are lying are those who make that statement.
It was that statement that prompted Santos to proclaim that he was not a LIAR. Sorry, Mr. Santos, you are not to be believed — on this and on any number of other matters.
Your Tom DeLay tactics have been on display from the dais from the day you were sworn in. Most in the community won’t recognize them because you are slick, not to mention devious. The list could be longer, but here’s a start. You manipulate discussions and city staff with select questions that are intended to elicit only the responses that you want. And whenever possible, you attribute your motives to something the community would not likely reject, while concealing your true motives and intentions.
I’ve watched you and other council members for almost four years. I know mendacity when I see it. Mr. Santos, you and the rest of your cabal, reek of it.