It would appear that Councilman Nina Trasoff has really stepped in the cowpie this time. According to an article in the Red Star by Bob Odell, published on April 29, 2007 (hereâ€™s a link: http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/180653.php ), Nina set up a complex real estate sale/lease deal that would have subsidized a downtown arts group to a six figure tune, with the potential of costing the City $1.2 million if things did not go well.
I wonder, considering the complexity of the deal, how firm a grip Nina had on this thing. I could be a case of â€œStaff Gone Wild!â€ either in the Ward, or the City Real Estate Department, or both. Either way, it belongs to her.
Itâ€™s interesting that the rest of the Council did not â€œcircle the wagonsâ€ around one of their own â€“ particularly a fellow Democratic. They also did not let the thing be removed from the agenda without discussion â€“ something that they do for each other to avoid embarrassment, according to a friend of mine who served on the Council.
This does not bode well for her political future, particularly when she appears to be short on friends in high places, and her popular support is waning. Fortunately, her next election is 2009. There is plenty of time for people to forget this episode, and see her lovely smile on television â€“ not to mention the coquettish charm she has in person.