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Karla Thomas and the Truth

29 Aug

Karla Thomas is just the most vocal.

She’s just one of a number of people who have taken a bullet for the maliciously inept, political dysfuncitionocracy of Mayor Steve Casey and his willing, charming puppet, Byron Brown.

All of Buffalo’s many problems have a common denominator – politics. Karla Thomas? She was happy to be a well-connected Grassroots associate of Brown’s, content to take a cush patronage job for which she was arguably unqualified. She was happy to follow Brown’s and Casey’s orders, but up to a point. When she refused to play ball, she took a fall. It’s part of the quid pro quo.

Pay to play? Racist question, she says.

“Let me tell you something about that pay-to-play crap. Why did it not become an issue until a black man was mayor?” Thomas asked. “We all know what happens. And I don’t know why people are trying to act like they’re stupid now.”

So, it shouldn’t be brought up now because all the white Mayors did it too? It makes it ok? ¬†Brown told us in 2005 that he’d be different. He was going to use CitiStat to set up a meritocracy and lurch Buffalo into modern times. In reality, Buffalo’s government remains firmly mired in the 1940s, and CitiStat is merely a pretext ¬†– a basis for Casey and Brown to produce and disseminate televised show trials of the disfavored and disloyal.

Thomas repeatedly insisted that her public disclosures are not meant to embarrass the administration or get even with the man who fired her. She said her decision to remain silent during the height of the controversy proved that she was trying to remain “loyal” to a man who was her friend for decades.

Byron Brown and Steve Casey reign over a failed city, and a miniscule, shrinking political empire. They have brought little progress and made fewer friends. They have alienated the well-intentioned and insulted potential city benefactors. They have neither a vision nor a plan for the city – they lurch from political crisis to political embarrassment, and the concept of a “big picture” is unknown.

As it stands now, only the Green Code represents a fundamental, positive change that the administration has brought about, but it doesn’t excuse or justify the almost Stalinist style of governance.