I had this misfortune of hearing Lockport Alderman Andrew Chapman on WLVL this morning, as well as reading this article about the city's renewal of its contract with the promoter of the Molson Concert Canal Series for an additional three years.
Chapman is so upset that the promoter is a 15% owner in an adult club in Buffalo that he voted against the contract renewal of the concert series, the best entertainment series the city has ever had. In the article, Chapman stated, "I will not be spending my money on someone who exploits women." First off, you moron, IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY, IT'S THE TAXPAYER'S MONEY. And the exploits women rationale? The women who were enslaved by the owners of the four area massage parlors two years ago were exploited. The women who work in an adult club do so of their own fruition.
But more disturbing is Chapman's interjection of his own religious beliefs into the decision making process. When you allow your personal religious beliefs to to impact your ability to act in the best interest of the community, as Chapman has done, it's time to step down.
I'm pretty sure he didn't run on a platform of being a bible-toting religious zealot, so why bring it up now? Did he mislead the voters of the Fourth Ward by not divulging his true beliefs and intentions? It certainly appears that way.
A candidate may be elected because of his religious views, with obviously abortion being at the top of that list. But the electorate knows that going in, and this is a local race. Religion should not enter into the decision making process. And nowhere did I see anything about Chapman intending to cast his governmental votes based on his religious views.
Chapman, who is on this ridiculous term limit kick, says that 70% of the residents he talked to while campaigning want term limits. First of all, this is a goddamn lie. Seventy percent of people don't agree on anything, let alone an issue so far off the radar such as this one. Would 70% of Lockportians agree that the Bills hiring Chan Gailey as their next head coach was a questionable move? Possibly, because it's an issue that they're passionate about. Term limits? Not so much.
So if 70% of the people he spoke to want term limits, what percentage of the people that he spoke with told him that they wanted him to vote against renewal of the concert series? Or did he just make that call on his own? I'm thinking the latter.
He also whined to the media that he didn't have enough time to review the concert series contract. How much time did he have to review term limits? See, Chapman wants it both ways. He wants to use the lack of time to review the concert documents as a reason to not vote for it, but he was shooting off his hypocritical mouth about term limits minutes after getting into office.
The bottom line is that Chapman is a liar and a manipulator who is refusing to act in the best interests of the people who put him in office. The people of Lockport's Fourth Ward have been deceived by Chapman, while he hides behind this cloak of religion. He either needs to start acting in the best interests of the community he was elected to represent or he needs to resign his seat immediately.