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Whaaaat? Public and Media Not Allowed Into Political Forum Held By Police and Fire Unions, Reported by The Town Talk Quote of the day: “Once it’s public, then it becomes political,” Livingston said. “They have to be secretive. Unions in other places have done this. It’s important that it be private. They’re a private organization." Right. If you invite all the mayoral candidates to speak to your union and you close your doors to the media and the taxpaying public, it's somehow NOT political. But the moment you let the public in on the conversation, it becomes political. Geez.