Did I say mugs? No, no, no. I meant mugs AND pens, AND magnets, AND souvenir seals, AND paperweights, AND rubber wristbands.
It's just too easy in this state to hammer State officials. It's like they WANT to be looked at as greedy, scummy, ignorant, buffoons. The really sad part is, that the ignorant electorate in this state keeps sending the same greedy, scummy, ignorant, buffoons back to Charleston.
Betty Ireland was in the news last week over accusations she put her name on some mugs she handed out at some County Clerk's meeting. Evidently, the price of these mugs was about 1300 bucks. Who cares? She gave the mugs to the people at that meeting, as a gift. In all honesty, it's probably wrong to do it. But, was she really hurting anyone? Probably not. I'm not for spending one DIME of taxpayer money on name recognition stuff, but I also know that de minimus stuff is going to occur. This is what I'd call "de minimus."
However, Ireland couldn't simply let it go. She had to quickly defend herself by saying "you know, the PREVIOUS Secretary of State had all KINDS of trinkets with his name on them." Quickly, she pointed out that he had pens and paper and letterhead and other kinds of other crap with Manchin's name on it. She should have said, "You know what, it's probably not a good idea, and I was wrong." And left it at that.
Why should she have said left it at that? Because she wouldn't look like such a complete scumbag hypocrite now. Evidently, she paid about 15 grand for her OWN trinkets (and remember, she's only been in office, about 10 months). According to the Daily Mail, she ordered this stuff within the first six months of her term, and approved the orders herself. She knew about this stuff, last week when she was criticizing other officials for doing the same thing.
I was willing to give her a pass on the mugs. I didn't mention it when it happened last week. But nooooooooo, Ireland couldn't leave well enough alone. She had to go and play politics with it, and say, "Well, the democrats did it." Hell, I even left THAT alone.
Until it was revealed she spent 15 grand of my money on her own trinkets.
If there's a one of you out there that doesn't recognize that D's and R's are both out to stick it to you, and would cut your throat if it would get them elected, please, just take your own life now. For the sake of the rest of us.
What's Papa Joe's take on this? Well, since he has presumably TONS of crap with his name on it, his press hack Lara Ramsburg says it's not his responsibility to crack down on this, it should be the legislature's responsibility. Thanks, Joe. Thanks a ton for your great leadership. He can simply invalidate a law, like the gas tax increase, with an executive order (and we haven't heard the last of that little issue yet - mark my words), but he's helpless to crack down on "electioneering?" Please, don't insult my intelligence.
But there's something even MORE disgusting than this "electioneering." Probably the most disgusting thing about all this, light years beyond Ireland's hypocrisy and Papa Joe's sudden impotence to tackle something like this, is that the Ethics Commission, won't even RULE on whether this "electioneerring" is an ethics violation. They don't even have the guts to rule one way, or the other.
Does anyone else but me remember that about 2 seconds after being sworn in, Papa Joe called a special session to get that snazzy new jackhammer ethics law passed to help give the Ethics Commission some teeth? Did I just dream that whole special session, or did it actually take place?
Ohhhhhhhhhhh, now I remember. They HAD the special session, passed a completely useless ethics update, and Manchin swore he would "fix" the law in the regular session.
We are still waiting, Papa Joe. Why don't you do something other than blow sunshine up our ass? It's been 10 months now.