Most of Bellevue has the intellectual capacity to realize that when it comes to local politics, it’s not ideological or even party differences that matter, it’s whether or not people can be trusted to work together towards the betterment of the community. If there’s one thing Liberty in Bellevue has demonstrated throughout our existence, it’s that the current majority has absolutely no desire in working with those who are not part of their inner circle. If you are not welcome around the privacy of their kitchen tables to make backroom decisions that effect the entire borough, then you’re ideas and efforts will be flat out rejected in the official public meetings.
When the eyes of Bellevue voters were opened to this fact, the public flat out rejected those involved in bullying away their opposition with their votes. Jane Braunlich was rejected as the candidate of choice for the Democrats in her mayoral race. Jim and Sue Viscusi were flat out rejected in their council races.
However, in spite of these amazing victories the stench of insults and bullying one’s neighbors into submission remains. As usually, it all points back to Jane Braunlich’s decision to ignore the Democratic Party of Bellevue who chose Paul Cusick over her and, her husband, Mike Braunlich’s desire to win a council seat in Ward 1 (or reserve the space for his wife Jane when she loses her mayoral bid). These two have decided they will continue to lie about and bully their neighbors in a desperate attempt to maintain power and influence in Bellevue.
Just to be sure it wasn’t forgotten, perhaps it’s worth point out that Liberty in Bellevue was made a target of the Braunlich’s bully campaign priory to the primary elections back in May:
As usual, long time community servant and friend of Bellevue, Kathy Coder, responded as professionally as possible to the bully tactics of her opposition:
As Election Day is upon us, I did some reflection–When I got appointed to the council, I kept thinking, it really can’t be this childish…but 4 years later, I am still in utter astonishment at the silly, juvenile games people play to protect their little kingdom, instead of using all this energy to do something positive to improve the community. As I read Ms. Woshner’s accusations and hear about another mudslinging postcard in people’s mailboxes against me, I take great solace knowing I’ve done something right–or they wouldn’t go to such great lengths to destroy me. If the positive changes weren’t a threat, no one would care. However, I do have to wonder about people who constantly accuse other people of wrongdoing….it usually means it’s the very thing they are guilty of! Whatever happens Tuesday, I am ready to be done with the “Bellevue mean girls in high school” club. But, a BIG thank you girls…what didn’t kill me, made me stronger!!!