Christie, then Perry. But not Cuomo.
Selective outrage is nothing new. It rides on the back of selective news coverage.
We had the Chris Christie Fort Lee bridge incident. Was it ever proven that Christie ordered the draconian lane closures? It certainly was suggested and the suggestion did its intended damage. I must have missed the final media verdict.
Now we have the Rick Perry mishap. Poor judgment indeed to request a resignation coupled with legislation. Perry never should have connected the legislation with the drunken display from behind the wheel of a Democrat legislator. Arm twisting like this certainly wouldn’t happen in Chicago (Mayors Daly and Emanuel), Illinois (Mike Madigan and Lisa), or Washington DC (Harry Reid). We are all appalled.
Imagine, a Republican governor using phone and pen to prompt legislative action.
How could you, Rick?
What is with this streak of bad behavior from Republican governors? Is it because they are all presidential candidates? Is Jan Brewer next in the cross hairs of Obama and Holder? In that case, we would have to look in the retribution column. Because this could never happen to a Democrat governor, like say Andrew Cuomo.
Andrew Cuomo launched a corruption probe in his state of New York. Suddenly, the probe was terminated. Now, everyone one is “lawyering up”. Some of the fees will be picked up by the tax payer, but strangely Cuomo is dipping into his campaign funds to arrange for his counsel. Hmmmm.
The New York Daily News reports, “While the use of campaign funds to pay an office-holder’s legal fees is now routine in scandal-scarred Albany -- $7.5 million has been spent on such fees since 2004 -- no one could remember a campaign footing the legal bill for an entire office….“It’s a strange use of campaign contributions, even by New York standards,” said Blair Horner, of the New York Public Interest Research Group.”
The New York Times reported how Mr. Cuomo and his aides had compromised the Moreland commission’s work:
“To the extent anyone attempts to influence or tamper with a witness’s recollection of events relevant to our investigation, including the recollection of a commissioner or one of the commission’s employees, we request that you advise our office immediately, as we must consider whether such actions constitute obstruction of justice or tampering with witnesses that violate federal law.”
The commission had issued a subpoena but then came the intrusion. The subpoena was withdrawn. “The pulled-back subpoena was the most flagrant example of how the commission, established with great ceremony by Mr. Cuomo in July 2013, was hobbled almost from the outset by demands from the governor’s office.” No, don’t go there.
We can anticipate which of these stories will have more “legs” in the media. Cuomo has headed off to Israel to add an international dimension to his gubernatorial duties, or is it a campaign preview?
Perry’s problems will likely assume perpetuity unless the absurdity is revealed. It then will go into the dust bin of political witchcraft with the Christie faux bridge fiasco.