Here is Jay Furst’s editorial commentary on my assessment of Terry Throndson’s statements. I made my comments back in mid October, you can read them here. I requested that the Post Bulletin reporter (who was covering the event) fact check this on October 13th (or very close to that date). To the best of my knowledge that never happened.
Edit: I was reminded once again that my sarcasm does not always read well.
This comes back to the expectation that was raised previously, as an elected official should I sit by and smile if someone lies or manipulates data. I continue to say “no.” While some may question my tactics, the fact is that I saw this happen and saw fit to alert the public. The reporter covering the event gave it a free pass. The tax statement was either a deliberate manipulation of the truth or an incredibly dumb mistake. Either way its “truthiness” was never called into question and a voter heading to the polls (albeit a gullible one) may have believed this to be true.
As for Terry, he won his election by such a margin that he would have won regardless if this had been reported. As such, I hope the positive traits that I listed in the original article (hardworking, good businessman) are what we see from him in office. Should he come to me with an idea, I will listen and give it fair consideration. The citizens of Rochester deserve so much. (But I will fact check any numbers…)