At last night's council meeting, Kathy McKeithen revealed that Elizabeth Lewis (and Jerry Carlson) both voted in favor of the now-controversial furlough/compensation reduction resolution in closed session. In fact, the vote was unanimous.
Lewis cried foul, accusing McKeithen of wrongdoing in revealing her vote. But she's dead wrong. It is public information how elected officials vote, even for matters discussed in closed session. The action taken, and how each official voted on it, is 100% public information. (As an aside, Ms. Lewis must know this, since she didn't complain when Charles Marsala revealed how council members voted on the road impact fee in closed session).
Ms. Lewis surely recognized this compensation reduction was in the best interests of the tax paying residents she is supposed to represent when she cast her closed session vote.
Why then, was she expressing outrage at the resolution in public last night? Why was she demanding voting wait until her running mate, Cary Wiest, could join her to now vote against it?
What changed in the intervening time between the recent closed session vote and her behavior last night?
Answer: The APOA threw a fit over the resolution.
Peter Carpenter, do you still maintain Ms. Lewis has no allegiance to the APOA from their endorsement of her?
To me, this is proof positive they pull her strings.