Does Cobb commission candidate Bill Byrne really believe that the public is buying his line that an old dog can learn new tricks? Does he think we are that gullible? Is he counting on people not remembering his first reign? Bill Byrne has most recently claimed at the latest Republican Women’s forum to have “turned over a new leaf.” His attempting to win favor with the electorate by praising Helen Gorham and displaying a “new” attitude, that it is no longer “his way or the highway” is nothing short of insulting.
Commissioner Goreham deserves much praise for her years of service to District 1 as an outstanding commissioner and I for one am grateful for her service and impeccable record. As we know words are cheap and political expediency in the course of a primary election make them even cheaper.
As chronicled in Saturday’s MDJ Around Town, Byrne was quoted saying “I will bring the experience to build relationships — positive relationships — and not dominate the discussion.”
Unfortunately, that has never been the Bill Byrne experience. I am not sure if there is any evidence to suggest it might ever be. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Judging by his actions he has no intentions of changing.
Byrne has recently advertised that he is willing to work with Acworth, Marietta and Kennesaw (only three of the six cities in Cobb) and only four of the 10 business associations in Cobb. He has also recently refused to participate now or in the future with one of the leading business organizations in our county and the region. As a small business owner and someone who works with individuals all over Cobb County I have to say these are not good examples of the thoughtful, consensus building leader that he is claiming to be. As far as I can see, there has been no evolutionary process here and this appears to be the same Bill Byrne of old.
This is the same Bill Byrne who steamrolled the Bedminster project, authorized a failed Russian Art boondoggle and singlehandedly caused Cobb to miss out on hosting any of the Olympic Games because of his bullheaded antics.
Lest we forget, that this same Bill Byrne who, in his sworn testimony to the Polk County Elections Board, while attempting to run for office said and I quote: “God, no. The last thing I wanted to do is live in Cobb County, let alone serve in Cobb County. I want to make damn sure Cobb County doesn’t move to Polk County.”
Bill Byrne’s heart is not of or in west Cobb, or Cobb at all. From this quote it appears it is about 45 miles west of Cobb.
When I think of Bill Byrne I am reminded of a Maya Angelou quote: “The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” I believe.
Dr. Cris Eaton Welsh
Editor’s note: Dr. Welsh is a member of the Kennesaw City Council.