This newspaper has looked up to Councilman Anthony as a role model and sees him as a pit bull, fighting to protect the coffers of the city, watching out for the people’s money.
Most recently Councilman Anthony has teamed up with one of the, if not the, most honest public servants in our history, Councilman Bob Beers, who put hours and hours of hard work and time into opposing the infamous stadium that has divided the city council.
Up to today, we believed that the city of Las Vegas would have been well served with Stavros Anthony as the next mayor of Las Vegas, but certain events have happened that make us wonder how right or wrong we might be.
Las Vegas needs a strong mayor that can keep the city going the right way and have the courage to present difficult, risky and daring projects without being concerned about what others think or being afraid of a rejection.
Las Vegas needs a leader, a real leader; Las Vegas doesn’t need a mayor that has to be told what, when, where or how to do things at all times.
If Stavros Anthony let himself be controlled by Lisa Mayo DeRiso, his campaign manager, letting her manipulate and guide all his moves, he would not be able to face and deal with an entire city council.
We believe that a political figure of the caliber of Stavros Anthony that allows his campaign manager to control him and govern all his moves is too weak to become a mayor for this city.
Lisa Mayo DeRiso is a very active member of our community and she wears many different hats — activist, public relations/campaign manager and many others — even if her health does not help her to fulfill her good intentioned commitments.
She is, most of the time, sick or in poor health, or in the hospital, giving the impression that “her candidates” keep her on the staff as an act of charity, but not because she is that efficient or irreplaceable. We’re sorry that is so, but it is so.
One thing we have to credit campaign managers with is that they all have the gift of gab to make a fool out of their candidates, making them believe that they are their lucky stars.
We followed Lisa Mayo DeRiso in some of her cases; we did it when she got paid to make Eric Scott look like an angel, victim of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department; we have to give Lisa Mayo credit for that; she earned her money by working hard for the Scott family — but that is what she got paid for.
Lately, she worked hard, very hard in fact, for Councilman Beers, on the stadium petition, and we are sure there had to be something at stake for her, no matter which hat she might have been wearing.
In one of her elaborate press releases, Lisa Mayo wrote, “Councilman Anthony is a candidate for Mayor and has been a staunch opponent to the public money being spent on private projects, most notably the recent MLS stadium.”
But before she wrote that, she made the mayoral candidate Anthony look irresponsible when she kept him out of the media’s scope, waiting for her friends on Channel 5 to arrive.
Stavros Anthony is a very smart human being, and even if we risk the reputation of this newspaper for defending a man that has little gratitude for those who helped him to be where he is today, we believe that Stavros Anthony is still able to correct his mistakes and take control of his campaign.
You don’t have to believe us; after all, Ms Mayo believes that Las Vegas Tribune is “nothing” — so we ask our readers to ask former sheriff candidate Ted Moody about that.