Monday, October 18, 2004
Shnaider Whiplash

David Shnaider claims he wants to be a state Senator so he can 'fight for (his) part of the state' and that 'voters are talking to (him) about that.' (source: Boston Globe, 10/17/2004)

So why have more than 25 percent of his non-self-funded campaign contributions come from outside of his district? Shnaider has taken $500 donations from fellow travelers in Brookline, Boston, Concord and the North Central Massachusetts village of New York, New York. He's collected over $6,800 from "reformers" in Cleveland Heights, Ohio; Paramus, New Jersey; and Manchester-by-the-Sea. (source: OCPF)

More importantly, however, Shnaider, who claims he'd be a district-centric Senator, spent more than 50 percent of his campaign expenditures at vendors outside of his district. Rather than use a local printers to obtain campign materials, Shnaider purchased his bumper stickers and buttons through a Glenside, Pennsylvania corporation. He also went out-of-state to buy balloons! (source: OCPF)

We've heard of snobs who will only swill imported beer; Shnaider may be the first snob who will only use imported helium.

"Ike" Spikes Rangers?

Back when Willard Mitt (who makes his grandchildren call him Ike (source: WSJ, 2/2002), despite having fled the country to hide out in France (France!) during the Vietnam War) was preening for the cameras in the glow of the Democratic National Convention the message was simple:

"Public safety is of paramount importance to (fraud) Governor Romney. There will be plenty of time for politics later," said the flack formerly known as the stout, Reese Witherspoon-wannabe dye-job aide to Romney’s loathsome $150,000-a-year spokesman. (source: Boston Globe, 7/26/2004)

Now that the glow has faded, however, the message appears to have flipped, because if a purported reorganization of the Department of (MDC job) Conservation and Recreation comes true, politics is now of paramount importance to Romney. Perhaps there'll be time for public safety later.

According to those who claim to know, Team Reform will on Tuesday announce the reorganization of the former MDC. A highlight of the plan will be the removal of two of its Ranger units - its marine unit and its mounted unit.

So is Massachusetts the only state actively paring back its public safety forces in 2004?

And if there isn't enough money to support uniformed public safety officials, how can Romney justify creating the new DCR managerial positions that he's been stock-piling? (The link to these DCR jobs (two of which were listed in Clinton) mysteriously became deactivated shortly after this post was published. However, DCR is hiring. Trust us.)

Other than as a resting place for the legion of failed legislative candidates who will be decamping Park Street for the Unemployment Office come November 3.


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