Mayor Greg Fischer had the right answer for a media member Monday when asked about a hypothetical backlash from local University of Kentucky fans about this Friday being proclaimed Cardinal Red Day in Louisville Metro.
A straight-forward, unvarnished answer that won instant admiration and respect for the mayor from University of Louisville fans for his gutsy response. A rare show of fearlessness for an elected official.
“They say they’re never going to vote for me again. I’m willing to take that risk. I remind them I’m the mayor of Louisville and not the mayor of Lexington,” said Fischer.
A Courier-Journal Bluegrass Poll in 2005 indicated that 53.7% of local residents are Cardinal fans as compared to 33.% for Kentucky partisans in the Louisville area, with the remainder following other teams.
Fischer encouraged people to wear red, businesses to display red in their windows and doors and residents to show red at their homes and in their neighborhoods. UofL and UK will meet in an NCAA Sweet 16 game at 9:50 p.m. Friday.
“I want to paint the town red – literally,” Fischer said. “Everyone knows that UK fans will be seeing red when the Cards win on Friday.”
The city’s future is obviously in good hands.