Would truth have hurt Mootooveren? No

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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For most people, getting laid off or fired is an emotionally traumatic experience — one that can be so unexpected as to cause temporary shock and/or denial.

We don’t know the circumstances behind City Councilman-elect John Mootooveren losing his bookkeeping job with Turner Construction sometime during his council campaign, and we’re sympathetic — to a point — with his reluctance to go public with it. But lying about it was a mistake, and as Gazette columnist Sara Foss pointed out yesterday, no way to start a political career.

True, a seat on the Schenectady City Council is just a part-time gig, as Councilman Carl Erikson suggested in defending Mootooveren’s decision not to “call [the Gazette] and say ‘stop the presses’” when he and Turner parted ways. But there’s a difference between offering embarrassing information unsolicited and lying about it when asked directly — which is what Mootooveren did when asked where he worked.

He probably could have artfully dodged the question — as savvy politicians regularly do — without breaking any confidentiality agreements or embarrassing himself, and he certainly had ample time to ready an explanation. Instead, he stuck to a story that used to be true but was no longer — that he worked as an accountant for a large company — when he really was working as a part-time manager of a small West Indian produce wholesaler.

It’s a relatively small lie in the scheme of things, one that doesn’t warrant his stepping down (which at least one vanquished Republican called for). But it’s a lie nonetheless, one that is going to leave doubts among his constituents and force him to work extra hard to restore his credibility.

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November 13, 2013
6:13 a.m.
wmarincic says...

A LIE is a LIE. If you will lie about unimportant "small things" you will also lie about larger things. That is why we call people that do that LIARS!!!!!!

November 13, 2013
7:59 a.m.

I never knew there to be "A Small Lie" and what? different degrees of lying?...this is what The Daily Gazette is asserting. So are we to take that The Daily Gazette defends and may print "A Small Lie" to the readers in their reporting?...I do not think so. And I hope not. But this editor seems to portray this in this this being a "Relatively Small Lie". Definition of LIE intransitive verb 1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
2 : to create a false or misleading impression.....I think this was achieved...there is no "Small Lie" definition.

November 13, 2013
10:06 a.m.
mezz3131 says...

The Gazette lies all the time. It's very well known. They are allowed to write whatever they want. It's called freedom of the press. If they don't know or like the facts of a story, they fill in the blanks. All of a sudden, a lie is no big deal? Geez

November 14, 2013
7:27 a.m.
wmarincic says...

I was told that Mr. Mootooveren may not even be a U.S, citizen from someone that would know, where is the Gazette on that. If not, how can he vote and run for office. Until this liar proves his citizenship he should NOT be allowed to take office.

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