Suspicions of an Ex Post Facto Gotcha
Fred’s sarcasm in the comments to Andrew’s foregoing post regarding my previous complaints that Mayor Laffey hadn’t tied his arrest of Maria Hernandez to the issue of school choice doesn’t really work based on Laffey’s ex post facto announcement. Will’s comments fair a little better, since his previous assertion was of an unseen plan on Laffey’s part. But for all we know, it was discussion on this very blog that prompted Cranston’s newly minted school choice policy. Probably not, but the timeline hardly invalidates my argument that Laffey had said absolutely nothing about the topic previously.
If this matter is unfolding according to some master plan, however, I have to say that I find the strategy to be unnecessarily manipulative. Pushing a family into the state spotlight with an arrest and promises of prosecution in order to embarrass foes and tentative allies alike with a gotcha probably isn’t the most politic means of advancing conversation.
Of course, if there were a plan in operation, I’d have expected materials to have been prepared (e.g., on the Web site) for simultaneous release. I also wouldn’t have expected this to be the case:
Laffey said he has not contacted Providence to brief them on his plan, or to work on the problems together.