There is no sidestep and no contradiction in my post. It was your mistake.
I'll try to simplify it for you. A town mayor puts his backing and endorsement behind the local rackateer and credits him for being a pillar of the community in turn for kickbacks.
The same mayor runs a campaign of smear, harassment and violence against a community activist who is assisting local businesses to qualify for loans that are not controlled by the mayor or the racketeer.
Poor mayor can't catch a break.
Your post painted you into a corner, mate.