In reporting today’s profile of Court Rosen and his path from barely getting elected to Roanoke City Council in 2008 to winning the post of vice mayor as the top vote-getter this year, I heard time and again how he has built support by showing up at neighborhood and community events.
However, I’d be remiss if I didn’t point readers to at least one person who disagrees: Valerie Garner.
Since Garner’s a journalist for another newspaper, I don’t generally contact her as a source except in her capacity as president of the Countryside Neighborhood Alliance. But with a blog, there’s no reason I can’t link this post on her page, in which she criticized Rosen for one of the reasons he was praised by others — showing up for neighborhood meetings. In this case, she wrote, he was uninvited and unwelcome.
Garner and Rosen were both candidates in the 2008 council race — she as an independent and he as a Democrat. This year she didn’t run but instead covered the race — including this story in which she suggested Rosen was supporting Republican Mark Lucas for mayor over Democrat David Bowers.
For what it’s worth, I saw Rosen at some of Bowers’ events — including a campaign announcement where Rosen and the rest of council endorsed Bowers — but never saw him at a Lucas event.
In reporting today’s story, I asked Bowers about that, and this is what he said: “As an old warhorse, I’ve certainly had to live with and deal with a lot of rumors over my career. My reaction is, it just comes with the territory. People are going to speculate and think about things.”
So take that for what it’s worth.
What are your thoughts on Court Rosen as a member of Roanoke City Council?
– Mason Adams