Aurora Citizen

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Where is Team Morris?

Posted by auroracitizen on September 3, 2010

Outgoing Mayor Phyllis Morris has been MIA on the campaign trail for weeks now. Since hastily filing her nomination papers on August 11th – a Wednesday- not a peep has been heard save the brief bit of pabulum fed to the Banner.

This isn’t like Morris. We all know she loves a parade – and yet… No fanfare. No media release. No nothing. Just quietly filed the papers after months of speculation – not by us mind you, we knew Morris would be attempting to hang onto her seat.

This is not classic Phyllis.  She’d go to the opening of an envelope.  Nope. Something’s up. Usually there is a big to do when she announces.  As per the last few times, it has been at the last-minute – riding in to save the day.  “I am responding to the many many residents who have begged me to run” blah blah blah.

Everyone knows Phyllis hasn’t stopped campaigning since she squeaked past the post to win the 2006 election with less than 50% of the vote.

Which makes the rushed and harried nature of her filing and non-existent campaign presence all the more puzzling.  Well, we should say she hasn’t conducted any “official” campaign activities. We’ll leave it to you to decide if recent “Town” initiatives are anything but an attempt to make her look like she’s doing something besides taking credit for doing nothing.

She has filed her papers and yet has no website. No functioning email address or phone number to call. No kick off party. No fundraising event. Again, we should state no “official” fundraising event that we are aware of. Very disorganized.

So what gives?  She said recently that she would “begin campaigning” after the summer.  Huh? All the other serious candidates for Mayor have been actively engaging the community in the electoral campaign – through websites, through door to door canvassing, through advertisements and, recently, election signs.

What does it say about the incumbent’s attitude towards the race? Either she doesn’t take it seriously or she is so overwhelmed by the support garnered by other candidates that she is in a frantic state.

Either way, it seems that Morris is well on her way out…

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22 Responses to “Where is Team Morris?”

  1. Robert the Bruce said

    There will be a number of opportunities for Team Morris to ramp up. This weekend is the Rib Fest – I am sure you will see her there with BBQ sauce all over her face. Then the following weekend is the Magna Hoedown. I hope to see her when I am at both – she won’t like what I have to say.

    Fuimus

    • fed up said

      she is incapable of listening to reason

    • fed up said

      I’m sure all the incumbant councillors will be at both events–they are just so out of touch with reality to realize that they are on their way out with Phyllis

    • Anonymous said

      There is a billboard-sized “Morris for Mayor” in huge red letters on Morris’ lawn and a u-haul type trailer with Morris for Mayor signs all over it parked in the driveway. There will be nothing subtle about her desperate campaign..we ain’t seen nothing yet…

    • Something Fishy in Aurora...... said

      Not a big surprise to see a couple of Morris for Mayor Signs on the front lawn of the drama queen of Snowball.

      Guess it doesn’t matter to her that it is outside of town limits.

    • someone who loves this town's food more than politics said

      I saw the signs on St. Kitts house tonight.

      I will be making calls to the King Township bylaw offices 1st thing Monday.

    • fed up said

      it probably is illegal to display signs outside the boundaries of the town–

    • Thanks Will Be Given Come October said

      Morris hasn’t followed many rules for the lasr four years, you expect her to start now?

    • Something Fishy In Aurora.... said

      She must be reading…..

      The signs have been moved further back from the road.

      🙂

  2. Anon Anon said

    And the question “Who is Team Morris”?
    Battling for Campaign Manager Whitehurst vs. Walmer. With Hey Guy Poppe on the sidelines thrown the occasional bone as a reward for his transparent attempts to upskittle this blog. Entertaining.

  3. fed up said

    AT least we know where her friends are–at the farmer’s market telling candidates what they can and can’t do.

  4. Matt Maddocks said

    Maybe she’s been busy working on a plan to run a coalition campaign, teaming up with Kean and Clowater, to take on Geoff Dawe….

  5. fed up said

    you can bet that she’ll come out of the gate next week with guns ablazing–trouble is–few people, if any, want to hear or truly believe anything she has to say.

  6. Anonymous said

    Well, as we’ve heard, she was out taking campaign photographs at various locations in town this week. During the work day, mind, not in her ‘free time’. Just more electioneering being paid for by the taxpayers.

  7. Broderick epps said

    Don’t count out Morris yet.She is about town getting her pics in order showing off her accomplishments.Go station, ARC, etc Shes not wasting time campaigning in the dog days of summer. The real campaign starts after labour day.Look for a full assault to our senses.She is after all a master of image, and marketing the name Phyllis Morris.

    • fed up said

      it’s like a snake in the grass–you know it’s there–but you can’t see it and you never know where it will strike

    • Stephanie said

      “Don’t count out Morris yet.She is about town getting her pics in order showing off her accomplishments.Go station, ARC, etc”

      Ms. Morris has NO standing to take credit for projects such as the ARC and the GO station — those were well in the works long before she stepped into office. If these end up as part of her platform, I do hope that local media will be responsible enough to point that out.

    • Broderick epps said

      Stephanie wrote “Ms. Morris has NO standing to take credit for projects such as the ARC and the GO station — those were well in the works long before she stepped into office. If these end up as part of her platform, I do hope that local media will be responsible enough to point that out.”

      Don’t count on the local media to point this out. Auroran Ron Wallace is already on record of feeling sorry for the negative press Ms. Morris is getting.

  8. fed up said

    fine with me–I don’t want to see or hear her ever again–I don’t believe a word she says and I am sick and tired of her “pat myself on the back” speeches where she really says absolutely nothing of substance. bye bye Phyllis

  9. for a few dollars more said

    “Either way, it seems that Morris is well on her way out…”

    If only!

    Perhaps the pendulum is finally conveying our message – be gone!

  10. Anonymous said

    “Either way, it seems that Morris is well on her way out…”

    From our lips to God’s ears!!!!!

    • Anonymous 101 said

      I hope you are right.

      It is interesting to watch her at The Farmers Market as she really has to work to get people to spend time hearing her pitch.
      It is the same group and click each week and many have said they will NOT attend the Market because of her.

      I feel bad for the people who man booths.
      Especially David and Andre.
      They are between Jam Freedman and always have the click around.

      It must be heck having that negative energy around.

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