2013 grade: C-
2012 grade: N/A
Before he was elected, all we knew about Matt Whitman was he laid claim to inventing something he calls "reverse networking," which as far as we can determine means saying nice things about people. Not exactly our cup of tea, but neither does it strike us as something that needed to be invented. People were saying nice things about people way back in the 1970s, even. Remember when Jack and Chrissy were at the Reagle Beagle and Jack said he kind of liked Mr. Roper? Like that.
Whitman's election campaign consisted mostly of standing in a ditch outside the Tantallon Superstore, thrusting a sign into the windows of passing motorists. It worked.
On Twitter, Whitman had a habit of blocking "negative" people, ie, his constituents raising issues. After being called out on it, he seems to have changed his ways.
At council, we haven't yet seen that spark of awareness that eventually comes to rookie councillors. He hasn't done anything horrible, but neither has he done anything positive. We wait.