Nora Davis Claims Pat O'Keefe As An Endorser
City employees are barred from endorsing any specific candidates for city council. It's clearly inappropriate since the employees serve at the pleasure of the city council itself. This is especially true of City Manager Patrick O'Keeffe, the man that's accountable for the entire workings of City Hall.
If however Pat O'Keeffe were to endorse a candidate for council, with his high profile and high respectability, just imagine the positive effect it could have on that candidate's chances for election. But alas, it can't happen because it would be unethical.
And yet Mayor Nora Davis' latest re-election campaign mailer lists Patrick O'Keefe as an endorser of her re-election. What's going on here?
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What our mayor is not telling us though is that in this case Pat O'Keefe is not the City Manager but instead an Emeryville resident, coincidentally, with the same name as the City Manager. Sharp eyed readers might note the one 'f' in the resident Pat O'Keefe.
Ms Davis could have easily noted in her mailer that the Pat O'Keefe listed as an endorser is not the same Pat O'Keeffe that works as our City Manager, but the Mayor didn't.
This is not the first time Nora Davis has pulled this. Last election, four years ago, she listed the same Patrick O'Keefe as an endorser of her re-election. After the City Manager received complaints, Ms Davis was notified that she should make sure voters understand the City Manager is not an endorser.
So now Nora Davis does it again four years later. Perhaps it slipped her mind. Maybe it was a "senior moment" for the Mayor. If Nora Davis is re-elected, are there to be ever increasing senior moments like this?
This is the second endorser list slip-up, if it is that, for Nora Davis this campaign cycle. Ms Davis also erroneously listed former Emeryville mayor Greg Harper as an endorser. We call on Nora Davis to stop this amateurish campaigning and play fair.