Tuesday, September 20, 2005

More on the 52nd

Not Jack Herrity over at "Not Mark's Magic Mr. Eight Ball" has dug into the questions first raised here on Too Conservative regarding the cost of the Tom DeLay fundraiser for Del. Frederick and found where the expenses were in fact reported. Head on over to his post for full details. Mitch still does have some issues with the way that it was listed on the report (as payment of an AmEx bill) and I agree that full details are best in order to avoid any confusion. From a legal standpoint, however, it probably meets all the necessary requirements for the report, though. On the issue of the PWEA's use of the county courier system to get volunteers for Barg, at least one elected county official has set up a meeting with the President of the PWEA to discuss this matter. Meanwhile, Paul "I gave $1,500 to Hilda" Ebert is still MIA on this issue. Could this be the biggest blunder of his career since blowing the Bobbit case? It would be a real shame for his reputation to be soiled in any way on account of his inaction on this issue, especially since he is the one who got the death penalty for the D.C. sniper, John Mohammed. It could come across as a really bad case of a double standard if he sits on his hands regarding the PWEA and Barg after he went so hard at Steve Chapman. Perception is reality and he needs to appear to be above politics in his position if he is to uphold what it says on the U.S. Supreme Court -- "Equal Justice Under Law."


At 9/20/2005 11:17:00 AM, Blogger Hirons said...

Has the PWEA issue gotten any play in the local rags?

I rarely see the Pot. News any more and too lazy to go search for myself. If it's not in the paper does it have any legs outside of blogsphere?

At 9/20/2005 02:14:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

So far, the only legs this has is with a few elected officials. So, it isn't in the media yet, but it is beyond the blogosphere, too.

At 9/20/2005 02:58:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I missed the part about Barg's role in the PWEA's use of the school courier service. What did Hilda do?

I'll betcha if you dig a little (not "you" as in "you guys", but as in "one" as in a good aspiring local journalist), you'd find that PWEA and its members used the courier system routinely for a lot of things that are not appropriate public use. I suspect that what happened on this one is that their bad habits spilled over into the political realm. Doesn't make it right, but indicates that the issue is a broader one than just political communication.

At 9/20/2005 03:12:00 PM, Blogger Mitch Cumstein said...

I don't doubt that a bit.

At 9/20/2005 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

The question is whether the Barg campaign was involved in or aware of the PWEA's methods for recruiting volunteers for the campaign HQ. That is an open question that needs to be answered.

At 9/20/2005 04:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any inaction on Ebert's part, or any appearance of impropriety, will not tarnish his reputation in any way. If his reputation was "tarnishable" it would not only have been tarnished by now, but completely rotted thru.

He has been untouchable for 30+ years, with "scandals" far greater than this. He always emerges unscathed, and will continue to do so, in my estimation.

At 9/20/2005 05:27:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

I'd be surprised if any campaign of either party would have told a union or a group like PWEA to use the school system's internal messenger system to send stuff around. Even if they did, PWEA didn't have to acquiesce. If there's a Commonwealth's Attorney angle on this, it would be with the PWEA members who abused the system, not the campaign. The cost of the abuse also would appear to be minimal. Again, that doesn't make it right, but it might explain why a CA wouldn't be keen to tee up a prosecution. My take is that it reflects a pattern of carelessness about using public resources for non-public purposes (which I find offensive), but not a campaign scandal. I can't see Hilda doing hard time on this.

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