The Statesman's PolitiFact team also uncovered an irony in its investigation of incumbent Austin City Councilman Don Zimmerman's rival:
That is, despite his running on a platform of "consensus" and "civility," Flannigan took all the credit for adding Anderson Mill Road to the $720 million bond proposal on the ballot Tuesday.
"The irony of it is that 'consensus-building' Flannigan hogged up all the glory regarding plans to improve Anderson Mill Road," Zimmerman said. "We're grateful that Jimmy's grandstanding and exaggerations were called out by the Statesman. Sadly, that's only the tip of the iceberg: imagine how he would hoard all the credit as a sitting City Council member! That should be enough to discourage any media publication or organization from endorsing him."
Zimmerman continued that his opponent has proven himself to be evasive when it comes to answering simple questions, such as who at the mayor's office allegedly told him he was the chief reason for Anderson Mill Road improvements being added to Proposition 1.
"The fact is Anderson Mill Road improvements were added to the bond because of the work of hundreds of community activists over many decades. The Mayor's Office recognizes that it has been a long struggle involving many different parties," Zimmerman added. "Our office's main role in this was to secure funding by specifically enumerating the $30 million in the bond package for Anderson Mill Road, the 620/2222 intersection, and Parmer Lane."