Mayor Cook Still Won't Talk to Channel 9
POSTED: Wednesday, June 8, 2011 - 6:13pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 10, 2011 - 4:04pm
EL PASO- Mayor John Cook isn't happy with NewsChannel 9 and isnt speaking to us. On Monday, he refused an interview about something as harmless as the renovation of San Jacinto Plaza.
We wondered why. Then his staff told us the mayor doesn't want to speak to NewsChannel 9 because we misinterpret his words.
Sources in City Hall have told us the mayor won't talk to us because of a couple of stories we've done. In each one, we've interviewed the mayor, and used his answers verbatim in our stories, not changing a single thing. Today, we tried to figure out why he thinks we're twisting his words...
We tried to pay a visit to the mayor at his office today, with no luck.
"I was wondering if, my name is Matt, I'm with Channel 9. I was wondering if the mayor had any time to speak with us today?" reporter Matt Rivers asked one of the mayor's secretaries.
His staff tells us he went to D.C., to attend a National League of Cities meeting.
It's a shame, because we wanted to ask him why he won't talk to us. We assume it's about a couple of stories we've done, featuring the mayor.
Ffirst up was the deep freeze. You'll remember those couple of days in early February when the city shut down, and the mayor was nowhere to be found.
He was vacationing in Austin, and said he didn't want to cancel his trip. We caught up with him on his cell phone just before he got back to town. We don't think he liked it when we played this soundbite.
"Did they want me to restore their water? I'm not a plumber," the mayor had said.
He was responding to El Pasoans who were upset that he was out of town and we put his answer on air.
The next story the mayor might not like was a bit more disgusting. Feces and urine coat an alleyway, thanks to migrant workers who live there.
Tthe mayor told us he's known about the problem for a long time, but doesn't know what to do about it. It's worth noting the alley still hasn't been cleaned.
And perhaps last on the list, Ann Morgan Lily. We've done several stories on her leading up to this weekend's runoff election, exposing campaign misdeeds and her flip-flopping on a key city issue.
The mayor has defended her in City Council, so maybe he's unhappy with our election coverage.
We can't really be sure why the mayor won't talk to us, until he talks to us. Wwe've provided him with every opportunity to respond, and we're waiting to hear what he has to say.
So this marks day two of the mayor missing in action, although we're told he will be returning on Sunday.
That means we'll try and interview him first thing Monday morning. That's if If we can't get him on the phone before then.