Republican city Councilor Ken Cockayne said he voted against the reappointment of Jonathan Rosenthal, the city's economic development director, because "it was really time for a change."
Cockayne, who serves on the Bristol Development Authority and will need to work with Rosenthal closely, said that he doesn't think the vote will have an impact on their relationship.
"He was always a pleasure to work with," Cockayne said, and he's confident that they'll continue to get along.
But it didn't take long after the vote for a public flareup to indicate that might be optimistic.
During discussion about a BDA contract change, the freshman councilor griped that the council wasn't given enough information by Rosenthal.
When Rosenthal said that Cockayne had heard all about it at the BDA, the coucilor snapped, "We're at the council, we're not at the BDA."
After Rosenthal restated much the same thing he'd just said, Cockayne stared at him.
"We can dance all night if you want," Cockayne told the development director.
Later, Cockayne explained that he wasn't going to back down.
"He came back at me," Cockayne said, but he needed to answer the question.
Cockayne added that Rosenthal "has a tendency to pass the buck. Any issues were never his fault. It was always somebody else."
Cockayne said that when someone errs, they ought to say so, not make excuses.
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