Longmont City Councilmember Sean McCoy is either telling a bold faced lie, has been misled, or is trying to mislead in his statements about the amount of Executive Sessions this current council has held. Just so no one’s being taken out of context or misquoted, watch this video:
That quote was “we’ve (this council) had no more Executive Sessions than any other council that he (his father Tom McCoy) served on (which was up until 2005).” Got it? Pretty straightforward statement. He then went on his tirade insulting citizens who dare question that, or him. (see related More insults from Longmont City Council’s “educator”)
Well, there’s only one version of the truth and facts can be pesky things. Here are a few facts:
From 1991-2002 the most Executive Sessions in one year was 8 (in 2002).
For those 12 years the average yearly amount of Executive Sessions was 5.
From 2003-2007 the most Executive Sessions in one year was 10 (in 2003).
For those 5 years the average yearly amount of Executive Sessions was 8.
During those 17 years there were several new councilmembers who came on board, I’m sure they had to be “brought up to speed” on legal issues as well. I guess they were just speedier learners than the “Class of 2007”.
Sean McCoy and his fellow voting bloc (Benker, Hansen, and Levison) came on in late 2007.
Executive Sessions for 2008 = 16
Executive Sessions for 2009 = 11 (just up until June)
That’s 27 over a 19 month period, almost 1.5 per month!
What was that statement he made during the council meeting again? “We’ve had no more Executive Sessions than any other council that he served on.”
Mr. McCoy should really get his facts and stories straight before going on a rant, which included insulting citizens who were technically correct to complain about the high amount of (secret) Executive Sessions. Mr. McCoy owes the public an apology over these, at best, misleading series of statements, at worse, a flat out lie to further his argument and attack on citizens.
These councilmembers took an oath when they were sworn in. Wouldn’t that make all of their statements made during a meeting considered “under oath“? I’m not a lawyer, but someone should seriously look into the legal ramifications of Mr. McCoys actions at the August 18, 2009 Longmont City Council meeting to see if censure, at the very least, is appropriate in this situation.
Or is lying from a city council seat, in council chambers, during council proceedings acceptable now?