Governor of the People!

GA GovNow, here is a kind of a cool thing. Georgia’s Governor, Sonny Perdue, in an effort to curtail drinking and driving on Prom Night, tossed a graduation party at the Governor’s mansion. According to Perdue, the mission of the event — entitled “Project Graduation” — was to encourage responsible behavior for teens and to reward the suburban Atlanta high school, Brookwood High, for its creative efforts to tackle underage drinking.

The school, like many others, boasts a lock-in for seniors called “Project Graduation” that helps prevent dangerous post-graduation parties. And before spring break each year, the school rolls out a weeklong program that promotes safe driving.

The affair took three months to plan, was financed by $22,000 from the Georgia Sheriff’s Association and involved a slew of sponsors, Perdue’s staffers said.

Planning a high school party at the governor’s mansion also brought a host of unique challenges, namely making sure that young couples didn’t slip out of the party to seek alone time in the mansion’s 18-acre grounds

You can read the whole story here, as well as an official release about the party here on the Governor’s own Web site.

Personally, I think that it is great to find a politician who is this pro-active in his administration. Perhaps other Governors would do well to follow his example.

The Perfessor

I never want to hear Repubs complaining about showboating again

Putting the president on in front of the series finale of one of the more popular shows of the year is either a deft political move or one designed to piss off the 65% of Americans who already disagree with President Bush’s policies.

When the next Democratic president pulls a similar move in the future, it’s not going to be because he’s trying to snuggle up to the popularity of Hollywood produced shows to make himself look better, it will be because he wants the biggest possible audience.

Because of [the president’s] address tonight at 8 p.m. ET, take note that ABC has postponed Oprah‘s Legends Ball special to May 22, according to Immediately after Bush’s address, the network will air the two-hour Grey’s Anatomy finale.

Over on Fox, the Prison Break finale will begin airing at approximately 8:20 p.m. ET, followed by 24 at 9:20 p.m. ET. still hasn’t posted its amended schedule, which will include the How I Met Your Mother finale.
Pop Candy

The president is working on getting a wedge issue that will help the Republicans in the fall elections, elections where there is no current wedge issue.

The last Republican wedge issue, if you’ll recall, was on gay marriage, which was promptly dropped after the election took place.

This “PUT TROOPS ON THE BORDER NOW!” knee jerk reaction will ALSO be dropped within a month of this fall’s election, but not before the Republicans point out that that all illegal aliens are terrorists.

And so it begins

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Political Chutzpah

Important update

When I originally made this post, I inadvertently misidentified one of the politicos I was slamming as a former Mayor of Danbury. I was wrong, the Mayor in question was a former Mayor of Waterbury, not Danbury. I apologize to the Danbury Mayors (past, present, and future), as well as to the people of Danbury for the unfortunate mix-up. I have re-edited this post to reflect that mistake.

Again, my most profound apologies.

The Perfessor

In a response to an earlier Post I mentioned that we here in CT have, in the past few years, been making a habit of jailing crooked politicians. In the past few years there have been several high-profile cases involving politicians taking kickbacks who have had to face their local DAs, which is a good thing.

I thought that I would mention a couple of them to you all because it leads me to a gripe of mine (like you could name anything that didn’t lead to a gripe; all of which brings me reminds me that I haven’t been grousing about stuff on-line here as much as I have in the past, and I’m thinking that I will probably have to do something about all of that).

Anywho, here’s the rub:

A few years back the Mayor of Waterbury, a large city here in CT, came under suspicion of taking bribes and was being watched by a Federal task force. Truth to tell, I forget much of the backdrop to this story as, what the investigation ultimately revealed that the Mayor was doing was in fact far worse than what they suspected him of.

While they were secretly wiretapping him, they learned that he was having sexual relations with a pair of under-aged girls. Sorry, let me rephrase that: “relations” implies some form of consent, what he was doing was orally sodomizing these little girls with their mother’s consent!. Yep, you read that correctly. He would call up the girl’s mother, have her drive them over to his office (or wherever) and then forcibly have his way with them.

When the task force learned of this through the wiretaps, they immediately turned the information over to the local authorities; that arrested the mayor and eventually sent him away. After his conviction, his lawyer was attempting to get the arrest and conviction overturned because (get this!) the (Federal) task force was apparently not empowered to arrest and prosecute him on what was essentially a non-federal crime.

We call that Political Chutzpah.

The Mayor of Bridgeport (another large city) was found to have organized crime ties, and was taking graft for fast-tracking several construction projects (construction of minor-league baseballl and hockey arenas, among other things). He too was arrested and sent up the river.

Even our fair State’s Governor was not spared. It was learned that he had spent much of his political life accepting “favors” from individuals and companies looking to do business with the State (these things included extensive work on his very expensive summer home, personal gifts and perks, and stuff like that). When caught he denied the charges. When they were proven true, he stood in front of a bank of microphones, and said, “I’m sorry I lied”.

More political Chutzpah.

He was sent to the big house himself.

Most recently, a State Senator was accused of taking a payoff and denied the charges. Later he admitted to them and in a statement upon his arraignment said (and I’m not kidding you) that the only reason that he was investigated and arrested was that it was because he was Black.

OK there are those of you out there (myself included) who might feel that he could have possibly been justified in saying that, except for the fact that the three other politicos I mentioned were all White, and all arrested and convicted prior to the arrest of the State Senator.

You guessed it, Political Chutzpah.

On a related (though smaller) item. A couple of years back an “adult” store in another nearby city was torched by a former, disgruntled employee. No great loss you might say, save for the fact that the shop was in a (pardon the expression) “strip” mall and a couple of neighboring stores also burned down. Apparently the former employee was pissed that he had gotten fired, that he decided to get his revenge and “fire” the store. Why was he fired? Well he was caught stealing. (Non-political Chutzpah.)

The Mayor of that city (not any of the Mayors previously discussed) commented to the press “Well you have to expect that sort of behavior from those kinds of people.”

On a smaller scale, this too is Political Chutzpah. Why? Well, if you scroll back to the top of this post you’ll find examples of two Mayors, a Governor, and a State Senator (all politicians, elected into office, presumably with the trust of their respective constituencies, who used their political office for personal gain. So what you ask, well all of them were White, so yeah that too was Political Chutzpah.

You know what we here in Connecticut call 100 politicians at the bottom of Long Island Sound?

A good start.

Yeah, that felt good getting all of that off my chest.

The Perfessor