Reilly states "Since then, Bratina has chosen not to comment to the Spectator. He has told several of my colleagues that he's the mayor-elect, not the mayor, and as a result, doesn't have the authority to comment on issues." Reilly further points out that Bratina has spoken to other media, namely, The Bay Observer, which Reilly points out is home to Peggy Chapman, Bratina's new Chief of Staff.
Reilly concedes "Some people will dismiss this as sour grapes on the Spectator's part. Fair enough. But one of the most important tenets of journalism is independence of the press, and right now, it seems that the lines between the Observer and Bratina's office are somewhat blurred."
John Best from the Bay Observer stated " A few days after the election Peggy advised me that she was
accepting the position of Chief of Staff for the mayor-elect. Accordingly, I wrote all of the stories related to the Hamilton election. I did the sit-down with Bob Bratina. Peggy was not even present.
I would have been happy to provide this information before you had drawn your conclusions and posted the blog. Regrettably this is not my first experience with the Spectator writing first and asking questions later. Id appreciate it if this were posted on the blog."
Reilly's post can be found here.
In terms of our experience at The Hamiltonian, we have found Bratina to be approachable throughout his tenure as councillor, both online and off. This is simply a factual statement.
It appears as though Bratina is being cautious. From his previous interview in The Spec, referenced above, he certainly appears attuned to the fact that he must seek guidance and counsel from the rest of council before declaring any definitive future directions.
Do you think Bratina is simply playing it smart, or do you think Emma Reilly has a point?