UPDATE WEDS AM A note from Ben Holder:
Beyond the shadow of any doubt, I acted like an idiot last night at the council meeting and I was wrong for doing so. I want to apologize to the entire council, staff and people in attendance for my behavior. I was trying to make a joke and it got out of hand quickly. I used the "Personnel Law" response when I was asked to state my name in protest. I did this because of my strong belief, which I share with Councilwoman Vaughan and others, that the city needs to simply follow the law and stop working so hard to limit the release of public information. However, there is no excuse for my actions and nothing good was accomplished. For that, I am deeply sorry. I absolutely understand and treasure the speakers from the floor portion of the council meetings and have used the allotted three minutes in the past to get a lot of things done. Last night, I trampled on something that is precious and showed disrespect to the tradition of debate and discourse. I would like to thank Councilwoman Johnson and City Manager Denise Turner for attempting to answer my questions when they did not have too. My actions were inexcusable and I most definitely could have done better. Again, I was wrong.
To which Robbie Perkins quickly replies, "Apology accepted. Let’s move on."
Speaking to the City Council just now, Ben Holder refuses to give his name, saying that's a personnel matter -- a reference to the City's opaque public records policy -- then says "Janet, Miss Jackson, if you're nasty," a reference to this.
The Mayor cuts his mic, asks him not to do this to his children...Holder keeps talking...Yvonne Johnson tries to intervene gently, DTR tells him he got something via email...Holder is escorted away by security, shouts that this means war, and gives a Rick Flair "woooo."
UPDATE: Holder tells me that it's amazing they follow those procedures when they don't follow other procedures, that "they play this dumb game and ignore the real issues." Also, that he's going to make a huge public records request, and that it's funny that Perkins said "Mr. Holder, state your name."