What a sad commentary the recent City Council election results are on Asheville progressives’ political commitment. Before the election, narrow loser Bryan Freeborn publicly warned how critical this election was to maintaining the progressive majority on City Council. … We lost the opportunity to install the only candidate for City Council—Elaine Lite—who was demonstrably and unwaveringly committed to countering the madness of the destruction of the beautiful downtown urban landscape by greedy and selfish developers, and to preserving the oldest and most glorious mountaintops on the face of the planet. But we have [also] lost the progressive majority we previously had on City Council.
Who is to blame for this debacle? More than anyone else, the self-proclaimed liberals and progressives of Asheville who talk the talk but couldn’t or wouldn’t motivate themselves to get off their butts and walk the walk down to the polling booths to reinstate Bryan Freeborn and add Lite to the city’s most important governing body.
Of course, it also soberingly demonstrates what has repeatedly been demonstrated on the national level: The corporate, monied interests that control national-domestic and foreign policy always seem to trump progressive political-party machines in getting out the vote for the selfish policies of self-interest and financial self-aggrandizement of the super-wealthy few—at the expense of the well-being of the community as a whole and [its] ordinary citizens.
Over the next few years, as you witness firsthand the likely increasing uglification of historic Asheville and the decimation of the green mountain slopes that drew many of you here, remember that if you did not get out and vote for the progressive trio of Newman, Freeborn and Lite in the 2007 City Council elections, then you have no one to blame for this regressive turn in Asheville city politics but yourself.
— Giorgio Cave