(Ahem) Cost-Cutting Mayor Phil Gordon Doles Out Nearly $100K in Taxpayer Money For Media Relations Detail

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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon
Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon's been screeching about the importance of pinching the city's pennies, which would be encouraging for the cash-strapped metropolis if the mayor hadn't just hired a pricey PR firm to handle his media relations detail.

Last week, the City Council approved a contract for PR honcho David Leibowitz for about $98,000 a year. Today, it was revealed that the contract was awarded without any competitive bidding -- the normal process for contracts awarded by the city.

Check out the explanation Leibowitz gave Fox10 after the jump. 




As Fox10 points out in its accompanying print story, the salaries for the city's dozen or so public-information officers range between $53,000 and $80,000 a year. That means the highest-paid PIO for the city is making $20,000 less than Leibowitz, who, as you can see in the video, isn't even a full-time city employee.

In case you forgot, Gordon's the same guy who, earlier this year, backed a new 2 percent tax on basic grocery items like milk, meat, vegetables, and all the other basics that people need to live, to help bridge the city's then-$240 million budget gap. It was approved by the City Council in February, but Gordon has continued to stress the importance of cutting costs within city government, which apparently applies to everyone but him.

Check out the entire Fox10 story here.

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Tomato
Tomato

David (Phoenix_Peeps), You really should stop pimping yourself on New Times' Web site. It's disgusting and transparent.

JStandley
JStandley

David Leibowitz--unbelievable! Does anyone remember post 9/11 when America was preparing for war, Leibowitz was on Fox10 with one of their "brilliant" newscasters calling people "questioning" the invasion "local idiots," "anti-Americans," and left-wing yahoos. (Why did Fox10 have him on to begin with? As if he were some great mind of wisdom--the best they could stumble upon). They had a live feed from people at various malls in Phoenix & Leibowitz grew louder & louder, his veins popping on his forehead. Yet another proud moment in Phoenix history. They're perfect for each other. The only problem is we paid for the date!

Arizona's Politics
Arizona's Politics

Ouch. But, how about some comparisons to how much we are paying for other media specialists? Such as Arpaio, Brewer, Supes, etc.? $100,000 might not be so bad compared to others. Though there is certainly a very good argument to be made that taxpayers should only be paying for publicizing the city and not the city's mayor.

What A Mug!
What A Mug!

Does Mayor Gordon have a hair lip or is that just how he scares people by scowling. That mouth of his is SCARY!!! and just in time for Halloween too!

Phoenix_Peeps
Phoenix_Peeps

Typical negative media garbage. It's one the largest cities in the country. The mayor hires a guy as a spokesman. Yawn. Seems like you folks can't say enough bad about gordon, no matter what he does.

JesterJackson
JesterJackson

What a weasle, I am not surprised, just disgusted.

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