Mayor Betsy Hodges takes heat for tweet following North Mpls triple shooting
Every morning, Betsy Hodges tweets an inspirational quote. She does this so regularly that MPR recently used the day-to-day times of Hodges's "quote" tweets to track her sleep cycle.
Most of the time, her tweets come and go without anybody batting an eye. But yesterday, as Minneapolis woke up to news of yet another shooting on the North Side, the mayor generated some heat with a tweet some thought was flippant.
Here's what she said:
If u have built castles in the air, ur work need not b lost;that is where they should b. Now put the foundations under them. -Thoreau #quote— Betsy Hodges (@MayorHodges) July 9, 2014
And here were some of the responses, which channeled the criticism North Side Council Member Barb Johnson had for city officials recently, albeit in a more gruff manner:
@MayorHodges Bunch of shootings last night, and you're tweeting about castles in the sky. Ooook then.— Marie Porter (@OverlordMarie) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges Mayor, ur r so out of touch with reality. You make our city look foolish. N Mpls needs ur help, not fancy poetry.— Kim Rinde (@dreamspinner3) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges what Judi said. Please resign in shame before more die due to your incompetence.— R. Steven Rogers (@rstevenrogers) July 9, 2014
@MayorHodges We need some serious help with this city. What is the the plan?!?!— Kelly Monson (@kelly_monson) July 9, 2014
There's more where that came from. Read all the Twitter responses here. Hodges also took heat for her tweet on the never dull North Vent Facebook page.
On her own Facebook page, Hodges indirectly responded to the criticism by outlining her strategy for dealing with North Side public safety issues. Click to page two to read what she said.