Blogs on Local Politics react to report on Council Leaks
Report is "not pretty" in the way that it reflects on the city handling confidential business.
Dunwoody’s local political blogs are reacting to an independent investigator’s report of internal leaks from the city council's executive sessions.
The report, released Monday, maintains city attorney Brian Anderson and Councilwoman Adrian Bonser leaked information either directly or indirectly to local publications regarding the Georgetown redevelopment project both were opposed to.
Bob Lundsten’s popular blog said, “Well, the city has released the much awaited investigative report and it is not pretty,” he wrote. “I believe that (it) is absolutely accurate. (Investigator) Bob Wilson has no reason to lie."
Lundsten, a local political observer and chief of staff in DeKalb's District 1, was interviewed by Wilson, as his blog published the most information for the apparent leak. Lundsten said he received the information from an intermediary, which he has refused to name, who received the information from Bonser.
Lundsten, in his blog, keyed on what the investigative report says was the motive for the Anderson's leak - that Anderson wanted to see something else done with the property and was not in favor of John Wieland Homes' proposal.
"His job was to provide legal guidance and counsel. Per the report he went far beyond that. City Attorneys are not a court of review, nor do they have a role in politically advocating for a position,” Lundsten wrote.
I'm Just Sayin - Dunwoody! wrote that Bonser should recuse herself from a vote on Anderson when the issue is discussed, which will likely be at the council’s next meeting on Tuesday.
"There should also be conversation urging Council member Bonser to recuse herself from this vote. I think she, Council, and the City would be best served for this to occur until such time as her political credibility is determined."
Bonser, who has refused interview requests, said she would be releasing a statement about the accusations made against her.
Councilman John Heneghan's blog lacks any sort of opinion. He posts the report, for which the city has been billed $25,186 up to this point.
He then reminds people that a no-confidence vote on Anderson, which was delayed last week, could come back to the council at any time.
"The final outcome of this report or further investigation by the Ethics Board has no bearing on the resolution presented by the Mayor last week to let the City Attorney go for a lack of confidence.