Wednesday, May 09, 2007

"He's dead, Jim" (Redd Shirts, part deux)

I just love that title.

If only the campaign hadn’t ordered shirts that (apparently) look like Redd-Up crew shirts.

I was going to post about the many way to offer an apology. There is a good lesson from the movie Speed (in my opinion), but I think I will hold off.

So apparently it is coming down to how credible Jeff Koch is when he says he didn’t know something. The latest issues involve a former political rival and a call a Koch staffer made from her office (doesn’t seem too important) and the fact that his campaign accepted contributions from corporations (I didn’t know that was illegal, but I guess its not surprising). The second issue could get him knocked of the ballot.

I was surprised at the difference in coverage of ReddUpgate between the Trib and the PG. In the PG Koch seemed defiant, where the Trib had quotes that seemed to agree the workers in the shirts were in the wrong. I’m just saying.

So anyway, why did Jeff Koch’s campaign order shirts in a colour so like the Redd up crew, unless they planned for Mr. Sansone and others to wear them? Did Jeff Koch have any input on the colour and style of shirt? Obviously this shirt business has been in the works for a while, so Mr. Koch’s choices are to appear incompetent (not knowing anything about any shirts) or to admit he was in on the whole thing.

I don’t know how fast the state will act on the campaign contribution thing, but if the PG report is correct, this issue can only end badly for Mr. Koch. How bad remains to be seen. Mr. Koch's choices are similar, say he knew nothing about his campaign's finances or admit he knew and did nothing.

1 comment:

Bram Reichbaum said...

In re the phone call: at first I was like you, Ed, didn't think it was a big deal. Who cares if someone slips up and makes a 90 second call on the wrong phone?

Then the mayor phrased it as in how you can't be "working the phones," and that took me back to the Clinton 92 campaign and "phone-banking.' If that caller was making her way through a whole list, then yeah, that's actually pretty unfair and unethical.