Blog Attacks Ellisville’s Mayor Under Profane Username
Caution: This story contains obscenities.
ELLISVILLE, Mo. (KMOX) – Mayor Adam Paul’s political opponents are anonymously blogging their grievances under — what was — a very vulgar and explicit pen name.
The blog EllisvilleTruth.com included a post on June 14, 2013 by the author “adampaulsucksc**k,” with the title, “John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth and the truth will set you free’.” Other pages on the site outline justification for Mayor Paul’s impeachment and support for a controversial Walmart development.
Councilman Matt Pirrello acknowledged Thursday night to a KMOX reporter that he was part of a “consortium” curating the blog.
Then, KMOX told him about the public user name:
“Oh my,” he responded. “I think that’s definitely a problem. We’ll have to make sure that that comes down,” adding, “I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know who did that.”
During a city council meeting the night of September 5, 2012, Pirrello is quoted in the minutes as promoting the blog.
“Council Member Pirrello said he had posted on a website (ellisvilletruth.wordpress.com) very specific reasons why he was supporting this project [tax incentives for the Walmart] and asked everyone to visit the site.”
While he admitted Thursday to contributing to the site, he, again, denied having registered the name.
He then said he would make some calls about it, and minutes after the interview the blog’s author name was changed.
Mayor Paul, late Thursday night, said that his wife broke down in tears upon seeing the author name. He called it “below the belt.”
“The thought of Matt Pirrello being affiliated with a site that says that I’m committing an act of sodomy, and then going on the air and saying that he’s a professional politician, is concerning, especially [with] all that’s transpired,” Paul said, referencing his impeachment.
Paul was impeached in April for what Pirrello argued were violations of the city charter, such as overstepping his authority and failing to maintain control of council meetings (read more). Paul claimed the removal was concocted because of his opposition to the Walmart.
He was temporarily reinstated this month by a St. Louis County Circuit Judge, while the court considers his full appeal.
Councilman Pirrello, meantime, told reporters Wednesday night that he had planned to file a complaint with the Missouri Ethics Commission against Mayor Paul, due to an alleged misdeed during Wednesday’s earlier closed council session.
He explained: “The fact of the matter was that they put a motion on the table last night to undo something that was discussed in a public meeting and approved in a public meeting.”
Asked who the “they” referenced are, Pirrello responded, “the ‘they’ would be Adam and his cronies.”
He followed-up Friday morning to say that he had ultimately decided against filing any kind of complaint.
Pirrello also continues to question how the Mayor is able to financially afford defense attorney Chet Pleban and how residents dissatisfied with the Walmart are paying attorney Jane Dueker.
“This is big bucks making sure that Walmart doesn’t get in,” he said. “Whose big bucks?” KMOX’s Michael Calhoun asked. “We don’t know whose big bucks,” Pirrello responded.
Mayor Paul was asked to explain, and said: “We’ve had some residents unsolicited sending in checks, totaling about five or six hundred dollars to support my legal case,” but, he added, “you can ask Chet this. Not one person is footing my legal bills.”
Council members voted 4-to-3 on Wednesday night to give first-round approval to authorizing the issuance of bonds for $11 million in tax incentives for Walmart developers Sansone Group.
It’s an action which Sansone says is required by the contract that the city council entered into when they agreed to the TIF incentives more than a year ago, in April 2012.
“We’re making it clear that if you don’t follow the laws, we will take action,” principal Jim Sansone warned council members during the public part of Wednesday’s meeting.
Mayor Paul then fought back and said he wanted to wait until Sansone had presented a lease with Walmart and had purchased the apartment complexes that would be torn down for the store.
But Pirrello said Thursday that each individual council member who votes against upholding the agreement would be subject to being sued personally and that the city would not defend him or her.
He said a special meeting will be called next Monday night at 7 p.m. to vote on final approval.
Corrected at 11:05 a.m. 6/21/13 to reflect that councilman Pirrello originally said that he had planned to file the complaint and had later decided against it.
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