2 takes on Jodi Schwann: JRo and Rant-a-bit
I travel between Pierre and Brookings weekly. Why does the SF chief of staff matter? It's not going to affect my travel plans to Sioux Falls, nor my usual avoidance of KELO news. And it's not as if Jodi is known as a force in politics.
Now, don't get me wrong. It's not because of any animosity, because I think Mayor Munson is one of the nicest politicians, and people, I've ever met. He's always remembered my name (a plus in my book) and without exception is as gracious as can be whether I've been just a low level political scut, or interacting with him as part of my job.
For this post, I'll just hit two opposing views and let the readers fill in the blanks.
First, Joel Rosenthal over at SD Straight Talk loves the reporters as administrators:
Ms. Schwan brings to the Chief of Staff’s job skills that may be overlooked in the hubbub of where is her administrative experience?
Successful reporters (which Jodi is) must be good listeners and dispassionate in their analysis of issues. They are required to pay attention to details and they are on time and on task because they are deadline oriented.
A very important aspect of a reporter covering government issues is to have a strong sense of what the public is feeling and saying. This is invaluable in a political or government situation – where so many people have agendas. The Chief of Staff’s job is not for those with a tin ear to public opinion.
And Scott Hudson over at Rant-a-bit... well, let's just say he's less enamored:
The story begins shortly after I got off work Monday night. I headed home and just seconds after hitting the bachelor chair for my nightly nap the phone rang. And then it rang again. Then my cell phone rang.Only time is going to tell who's view is going to hold out. In the interim, thoughts?
I logged onto the computer and found a handful of emails from friends, relatives, and even a former city council member. They all wanted to know the same thing – have I heard the news?
Obviously, the news wasn’t that, to quote a classic 50’s rock and roll song, “there’s good rockin’ tonight” (although there was probably some boots knockin’ in one local household). This was a different kind of news – an announcement so obscenely silly that nobody, and I mean nobody, would have dared predict.
If you haven’t figured out what I’m talking about, I have four key phrases: Dave Munson, Jody Schwann, Chief of Staff, $98,000.