“Personal attack” should’ve been diffused by mayor?
By Stephanie Johns
Madison Councilman Michael Naples said Mayor Bruce Gilbert should have intervened during the council’s last meeting in which a member of the public offered a “personal attack” on Naples.
At that meeting Kathy Whiteside, who gives tours of her home on Dixie Avenue, addressed Naples at one point and accused him of bullying and being ungentlemanly.
She said that Naples should have gone to her with any concerns about her business license.
Naples had responded that he followed protocol by taking his concerns to the city manager.
“For any one of us to be attacked, it should have been cut off,” he said. “I do not appreciate the attack.”
Councilman Whitey Hunt said he agreed.
“He could have apprised her that was not appropriate,” he said.
Naples added that he was trying to do the right thing by the ordinances.
Naples said he would speak with Gilbert, who was absent from the work session Friday.
Printed in the December 20, 2012 edition