“I Am Your Father’s Brother’s Nephew’s Cousin’s Former Roommate”
A small clarification for the Chair of the RI Democrat Party who today on the Dan Yorke Show suggested that Governor Carcieri should have sought an opinion from the Ethics Commission before hiring the niece by marriage of his wife by marriage: if the Governor had done so six years ago, they would have approved it. His hiring of her conformed to the rules in place at that time. Grandfathering doesn’t just apply to pension vesting. And if, conversely, we are going to start applying rule changes retroactively, by all means, bring it on. We’ll start with pensions and work our way right through Rhode Island government.
As for Turn to Ten’s Bill Rappleye who “broke” this “story” and will be grilling the Governor about it this Sunday on 10 News Conference. He normally does good work. In a state where the dominant political party seems to operate principally by nepotism and cronyism, however, this story conveys the impression that Mr. Rappleye went to the North Pole searching for ice, determinedly plowed past icebergs and glaciers on all sides and triumphantly came away with a potential ice cube.
[h/t the Helen Glover Show for the line from Spaceballs.]