Grant Moody doesn’t see how San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg can justify putting his own concerns ahead of all the people he is entrusted with governing in the best interest of.
“I think it’s a terrible mistake for the city,” Moody, Bexar County Precinct 3 manager, told the Texas Business Daily of Nirenberg’s recent decision not to bid on hosting the Republican National Convention in 2020. “I think that the mayor is putting partisan politics and his political career ahead of a smart decision for the city. The RNC could bring in $200 million for the city and most of the cost will be covered by private investment. It’s a no-brainer from a business perspective. Politics and his political career is getting in the way of what’s best for San Antonio.”
Making Nirenberg’s decision all the more difficult for some to stomach is the fact that it was made during a closed-door session after he went on record with voters with a pledge of transparency.
“He’s made a calculation that many of his supporters and many of the residents in the city may not align with the politics of the RNC, so he’s going to forgo this huge economic boom in order to appease those voices in his political circles,” Moody added. “Clearly he’s not following through on his commitment to transparency. We could have had a much more open dialogue around this opportunity. I think that would have satisfied both sides, regardless of the outcome.”
As it is, nothing about the way things have been handled sits well with District 6 Councilman Greg Brockhouse, who has filed a formal complaint with the Bexar County District Attorney's Office questioning the mayor’s jurisdiction for making such unilateral decisions.
“I think people are really disappointed,” Moody added. “From a GOP standpoint, it’s a missed opportunity to showcase Texas, showcase San Antonio to the rest of the country. I think there are others who don’t necessarily care about the politics, and clearly from a business standpoint they want to have it here because they know the amount of money that will flow from that decision.”
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale joined the growing chorus of those expressing outrage over Nirenberg's actions.
“He talks of transparency, but like so many liberals he hides in a private closed-door session to conspire against the business community,” Parscale said in a post to Twitter.