So Mayor Mike DeCoursey is on trial for allegedly assaulting a police officer at Isle Days last summer. According to our reporter, Vivian Clark, he testified on the stand that “the paper hates me. I hate them too. I don’t know why they hate me.” (Update: Mike says he actually said, “The newspaper hasn’t been very kind to me. They don’t like me. I don’t know why.”)
Apparently he thinks covering felony charges fairly and accurately is a sign that someone hates him (hasn’t been kind to him). He even got special treatment: We gave him the opportunity to make a statement when the charges came out.
He’s come in twice to complain to my boss about our coverage. He’s never talked to me about it. He even tried to get me removed from the city council beat. Yet I’ve always treated the dude with respect.
I even said in a column recently, “I like Mike DeCoursey.” How that becomes evidence that “they hate me” is beyond me. And the big glowing feature story we did last year, with his smiling face on the cover of our Progress edition — there’s more evidence that we hate him.
UPDATE: Mike said in a comment to this post that he never said he “hates” the Messenger. If that’s true, I apologize for misquoting him (second hand). The point remains, though, that Mike thinks we don’t like him, and I don’t think he has good reasons for feeling that way.
UPDATE 2: Mike has now gone to Kevin twice and Dick Norlander three times, but he’s also come to my office to confront me directly. We didn’t get very far, but we have a nice exchange in the comments to this post.
UPDATE 3: Mike points out in his comment that he has only gone to Kevin once and Dick twice. I said he has “gone to” Kevin twice and Dick three times — meaning spoken with, as in “gone over my head,” not “gone to see.” I was told he called Dick three times. Maybe it was only twice. I’m pretty sure he did talk to Kevin once on the phone, because he called me into his office immediately afterwards, and I know he went to see him once because I saw him. Mike asks why I lie. I don’t lie, but I occasionally make mistakes, and when I do, I apologize. I’m not sure I made a mistake here. It’s a “he said, he said” thing. I tried to send out an olive branch by updating this post and saying I liked our exchange on the blog. I didn’t want to remove this post because it would look like I was running from criticism. So my olive branch is met with an accusation. Whatever.