McTygue agreed that the clause was pointless, and took issue with how it was presented. By bringing the pledge up at the State of the City address and introducing the pledge on her agenda, McTygue said, the mayor made it appear as though the rest of the council were the problem.

"Every single one of us " including you, Mayor " is guilty of violating the rule of conduct. I know you have a history of teaching, but we're not your students," he told Keehn. "Do we get a gold star if we sign it?"

Public Safety Commissioner Ron Kim and Finance Commissioner Matt McCabe signed, saying there was no harm in showing willingness to want to work together.

Kim said there has been a decline in the quality of debate in this country " regardless of the issue " and said there needs to be a movement back toward good, intelligent discussion.

"We've really replaced passion for those values with sometimes just downright meanness," he said. "We're all going to fail because we're human, but while we may fail, having this aspiration is a good thing."

"I couldn't sign this fast enough," said McCabe.

Resident Kyle York said he appreciated the passion and vigor with which some commissioners conducted themselves.

"At times, it's only human, and it's only right," he said. "I'm pretty sure Patrick Henry didn't mumble when he said, 'Give me liberty or give me death.'" ""

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