Among copies of internal e-mails SW received in a recent records response from City Hall regarding the mayor's penchant for guzzling gas was this two-word message that had been written by the mayor's political advisor Marianne Bichsel:
She was referring to me and my first, mid-May request to see public records on the mayor's cars. Apparently it takes a nitwit to ask whether the self-professed "green" mayor is practicing what he preaches - as the records show, he doesn't. (Bichsel this week had no comment).
Her May 17 message to Katherine Schubert-Knapp of the Fleets and Facilities depatment was followed by an in-house May 18 e-mail from Schubert-Knapp to Bichsel. It says that a response S-K sent to me (which she also copied to three Weekly editors) was explained in such a way as "to raise doubts in the editor's minds" (sic), apparently about whether they should run the gas guzzling story.
Schubert-Knapp this week said she was referring to her "sincere doubts" about my ability to accurately report the data. That's maybe understandable, given the confusing mess of records her department released, showing they can't even track how much gas is used by each of the mayor's two and sometimes three cars.Besides poor spelling and lousy public relations, the incidents indicate the mayor's office considers Nickels' considerable use of natural resources a touchy issue. All nitwits can see why here.