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Harrisburg mayor gives insight in voice message to constituent

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Al Gnoza
abc27 News

Harrisburg Mayor Linda Thompson has apparently spoken out about some of the turmoil she has faced over the past couple of weeks, but she didn't speak to the media.  Instead, she spoke at length to a constituent who had called her with some of his concerns.

Harrisburg resident Pierre MaCoy said that a couple of days ago, he felt it necessary to call the mayor after city solicitor Phil Harper walked off the job because of differences with Thompson.

MaCoy said he soon got a return call from the mayor, who left a message on his phone. He shared that message with abc27.

Thompson talked about allegations that she made derogatory comments against homosexuals.

"I can assure you that I am a woman who has a passion for all people, Mr. Macoy," Thompson said in the voicemail.  "And under no circumstances did I make those, as you deem to be, derogatory comments in the context in which The Patriot-News is writing."

The mayor also talked about all the people leaving her administration.

"All is well," she said.  "And no matter who is leaving this administration, they are jumping ship because they know there is much stuff to be done. And they can't prove that they've done things, even under Steve Reed's leadership."

Thompson spent most of the voicemail blasting the Patriot-News for not covering her fairly.

"I've done incredible work in this administration, but the Patriot-News refuses to give it the time of the day because they want to sell newspapers," Thompson said.  "Please, have faith in me and do not get your facts from that newspaper because it does not have your best interest at heart."

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