Zinkin was so concerned at what happened that he wrote the following to Mayor the next day:
"This is the second time I have seen this display of temper and disrespect and feel threatened. I find this behavior very surprising coming from a gentleman who preaches mutual respect. This is notice that from this time forward, anytime you wish to converse with me, I will request that there be another individual present."Imagine being in a work environment where the Mayor directly threatens you!
Five days later a recall notice was taken out against Zinkin. At some point thereafter, we believe that Hiremath directed town staff to build a 'file' on Zinkin. Staff should not have complied. We have the file. It is a few pages of nothing.
We've written about this recall on several occasions, even identifying the individuals behind the recall. We've been careful not to directly link Mayor Hiremath to this recall effort. We have said that it is his supporters who are behind the effort. We did not want to assume that the Mayor would act in such a despicable manner as to go after another council member. So, we've been quiet.
Nonetheless, we've always suspected that it is the mayor who was driving this effort. On December 27, the mayor came out of the shadows. The local regional advertising circular published a Hiremath opinion piece: "Oro Valley Mayor calls on citizens to recall Zinkin." In it, Hiremath asserts that Zinkin is guilty of moral and ethical violations.
Last monday, the Mayor appeared in a interview with TV4, Hornat came out to join him. Snider is quoted in a print version of the report.
Hiremath does not state the real reason he is going after Zinkin: Zinkin has filed open meeting law violations on Hiremath
Zinkin filed a open meeting violation on the mayor last January. The mayor was upset that Zinkin had not informed him that he was going to do this. Zinkin could not inform the mayor because he had spoken of the violation with two other council members. Had he spoken to a third council member, the mayor, Zinkin would've been in violation of the open meeting law himself.
That the mayor has written a guest column that accuses Zinkin of sexual, ethical, and moral violations is outrageous. That he allowed TV4 to interview him in front of town hall while accusing Zinkin is even more outrageous. Hiremath is, after all, the mayor of this town. He is not some sleazy journalist out to smear someone. But smear he does. His words, his actions are an embarrassment to our community. He is, indeed, the leader of this parade against Zinkin.
Council Member Zinkin responded to the mayor's opinion letter in the regional advertising circular last Wednesday. You should read it.
We don't need to. We have already been through the allegations. We have written about them in various postings. Taken together, they are a mountain of nonsense. Taken individually or as a whole, nothing alleged, even if true, is worthy of recall.
What is worthy of your consideration is whether a mayor who acts in the manner that Hiremath is acting--with impunity and arrogance, with a personal vendetta against someone you elected; a mayor who is using his position to attack an elected official and Oro Valley citizen-- is worthy of remaining the Mayor of Oro Valley after the next election. That decision will be up to you.
Tomorrow: Why majority and the special interests need Zinkin out.