At the Albany City Commission meeting the other day, attorney Bo Dorough made a statement that he already knew how commissioner Jon Howard would vote. Unsurprisingly, Tommie Postell got rather belligerent, saying that Dorough had no idea how Howard would vote.
Unfortunately for Postell and his grandstanding, we do.
Jon Howard has never voted for a liquor license, even when there was no reason to block it. In fact, he’s been celebrated for his consistency. I’ve been one of those who had a respect for the man standing by his principles, even if I disagreed with them. However, that whole “standing by your principles” thing also makes it very easy to tell where someone will vote.
Postell argued that Dorough couldn’t make statements about how a person will vote, but guess what folks? You can. First, the First Amendment says he can say it. You know, that whole Freedom of Speech thing that is probably the reason no one has thrown Postell in a jail cell for some of the crap he’s said. Second, it’s not just an assumption as Postell claimed. No, it’s an educated projection based on past performance.
Luckily for both Big Daddy’s and the Sandtrap, the hearing about their liquor licenses has been postponed. However, as two of the five businesses that the city seeks to close down – along with Charley B’s, which I’m sure you’ve already heard about – both deserve to have their day with commissioners who we know haven’t already made up their minds. Howard, along with Ivey Hines who abstains from all alcohol related votes, already have.
Postell may not like it, but Dorough was dead on correct. We already know how Jon Howard will vote. Anyone with a pulse and an understanding of the facts will know how Howard will vote. Postell even knows how Howard will vote, regardless of how much he may claim otherwise.
Not only that, but I think Postell knows that Dorough was well within his rights to say what we all already know. Of course, as the author of the idiotic “saggy pants ordinance”, I can’t be sure that Postell really understands things like rights.