Dayton needs to kidnap Hazel McCallion

When Gary Leitzell beat Rhine McLin- most would agree the bar was pretty low.

When Mike Turner beat Clay Dixon- most would agree the bar was pretty low.

For the most part- our choices for mayor come in the flavor boring. And there are still people who want to elect a strong mayor?

I don’t think we would know what to do with someone that had a personality.

Watch this video about Hurricane Hazel- and think back to the last politician we’ve elected that you’d actually want to hang out with- here’s a short bio from Wikipedia:

Hazel McCallion, CM (born February 14, 1921) is the mayor of Mississauga, Ontario, the sixth-largest city in Canada. McCallion has been Mississauga’s mayor for 32 years, holding office since 1978. She is affectionately called “Hurricane Hazel” by supporters as well as the media at large for her vibrant outspoken style of no-nonsense politics.[1]

She is one of Canada’s best known and longest-serving mayors and she is one of the longest serving elected leaders in history. Now aged 90, she was easily re-elected in October 2010 for her 12th consecutive term, holding a 76% majority of the votes, and has often been reelected without even needing to conduct an actual campaign.

via Hazel McCallion – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

And here is a seven minute video to give you a feel for this 90 year old political wonder:

Can we kidnap her and bring her here?

Thanks to reader Larry Sizer who sent me this.

Could Dayton handle “Hurricane Hazel”?

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You only like her ’cause she plays hockey.

larry sizer

Thanks for sharing this with the Dayton Community David, I have the rope, let’s go get her?


Careful guys what words you are using (kidnap, rope).  The DDN might send homeland security after you!

Lillian Wight
Lillian Wight

And for a little more context, the interviewer, Rick Mercer, knows his politics. He’s Canada’s brightest comedian and political satirist. He does a show called “Talking to Americans” that’s pretty damn hilarious to us, too. :P

larry sizer

@ Gary: It’s only metaphorically speaking.

larry sizer

David Esrati, QUESTION…Has our Mayor Gary Leitzell, ever put on ice skates across from Workflow One, and skated on the ice ring downtown, and if not, do you know why he hasn’t?

Gary Leitzell

@ Larry, I’ve been ice skating at Riverscape but I don’t have fond memories …..
Can’t get my daughter to try again just yet!

larry sizer

@ Gary Leitzell: I have the same fond memories of my skiing experience, but no broken bones.  They haven’t made enough money to get me on skis again.