Betsy Hodges Is Number Two

Betsy Hodges is the second-worst mayor in America, according to Observer:

She has taken a weak stance on crime that appears to be based as much on wishful thinking as it is on strategy and tactics. While violent crime in the city continues to climb, Hodges has actually braggedabout making fewer arrests. Her mishandling of the Jamar Clark protests, which led to an 18-day stand-off between police and protestors in North Minneapolis, led the US Department of Justice to conclude that “…the apparent strained relationship between Mayor Hodges and [Police] Chief Harteau, and the mayor’s unfamiliarity with the implications of the terminology she used when in charge, likely contributed to the inconsistent direction given to MPD personnel and the resulting frustration among officers over poor communication and inconsistent, uncoordinated leadership.”

Hodges missteps aren’t limited to issues of public safety and community relations. She has been the point-person on several expensive, never-ending, and unimaginative urban reconstruction projects that have disrupted small businesses and local transportation. Gross mismanagement of public works (a simple downtown pedestrian mall “makeover” under Hodge’s stewardship has taken longer to complete than the new state-of-the-art home of the Minnesota Vikings) has been a hallmark of her mayoralty. And when a group of Minnesota businessman got the green light for a Major League Soccer expansion team, Hodges wouldn’t even meet with the new owners to discuss a stadium; they went next door to St. Paul where Mayor Chris Coleman welcomed them and their revenue base with open arms.

As awful as she is, I’m not sure she’s worse than Rahm Emanuel.

Doesn’t matter; she’s got velocity.  She’ll be angling to hold the title free and clear next year.

3 thoughts on “Betsy Hodges Is Number Two

  1. The success of the West End development is 100% due to terrible governance in Minneapolis.

  2. We can argue momentum, velocity, and all that until the cows come home, but I’ve got to admit that Hodges has serious competition from Rahm and Bill. With a bit of patheticity, they could all attain some of the depths attained by illuminaries like Marion Barry, Kwame Kilpatrick, and Richard Hatcher.

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