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Online Debate May Be Preview for Tuesday Night at City Hall

An online debate gained intensity Sunday night at The River City News Facebook page. The debate (which can be viewed by clicking here) centered around an RCN article previewing Tuesday night's City Commission meeting in which possible cuts to the fire department and elsewhere within City Hall are to be presented and then voted upon (SEE: City Hall, Fire Department Reorganization to Be Presented Tuesday). City Commissioner Steve Frank weighed in on the lengthy thread Sunday night in an attempt to counter criticism from some Covington firefighters and others. "Have your fun, (but) 5 to zero against you. You lose assholes," Frank wrote.

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The Commissioner continued, "If (Department of Public Improvements) had helped with the city's need to save money it doesn't have I would have some sympathy. That they have obstructed every reasonable request for help when the city is staring bankruptcy in the face tells me that the only language they understand is when we rake them over the coals. Vote against me if you want, I'll take the side of the taxpayers everyday and I'll win more votes for commission that their flacks like Chip Terry or the_Mildred." Chip Terry is a recently retired firefighter who is running as a write-in candidate for city commission while "the_Mildred" is likely a reference to former City Commissioner Mildred Rains who is on the ballot in November in an attempt to return to the commission. "I'll probably win more than both of them combined," Frank continued.

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The union representing Covington firefighters posted to its Facebook page, "Attention citizens of Covington!! A current commissioner who is up for re-election is again exhibiting inappropriate behavior via social media, name calling and using profane language toward public employees and their supporters. He has also made derogatory comments about two candidates for commission, calling them "flacks." Is this who you want representing the City of Covington????" 

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Commissioner Frank finished by writing, "As much as (I) honor the work of our police I did not go to their cross examination of Commission candidates, not because I oppose the police but because to be beholden to any group of employees is wrong. My boss is the the people of Covington, not those we have hired to do their work. In fact, let me put it this way, anybody the workers endorse ought to be rejected by those who pay the bills." The Covington Police union endorsed Rains, Terry, and Chuck Eilerman for the city commission as well as City Commissioner Steve Casper for mayor. 

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"The people will rule," Frank wrote. "Just let the election speak. I'm not afraid of facing the voters."

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PHOTO: Steve Frank talks to voters/RCN File