Archive for January 6th, 2011

Commentary has said it before.  You can go through most Campaign and Expenditure Reports and find a few mistakes or more.   The GOP Texas House Speaker is the latest to get nailed as the bunch up in the Conroe area filed a big complaint on how The Speaker reports and discloses his campaign contributions and expenditures.  Check out the Chron story.

This is an admitted attempt by the far right to derail The Speaker.

Here a few lines from the Chron piece:

J.D. Pauerstein, a lawyer representing Texans For Joe Straus, dismissed the complaints.


The expense descriptions are similar to those in previous campaign finance reports, Pauerstein said. The Ethics Commission has never objected, he said.

Either these are bad talking points or The Speaker needs a new lawyer.   For the most part, the only thing the staff of the Ethics Commission does is make sure you turn in your report on time and act on complaints.  They don’t go over and review every report that is submitted.  They don’t have enough staff to perform that function.  That gets done by the so called “watchdogs.”

Word of advice:  The more popular, vocal, or newsworthy the office holder/candidate, the more likely a complaint will be filed against you.  It just goes with the territory.

Commentary was watching the pompous columnist George Will this past Sunday morning and the topic of discussion turned to the 2012 GOP Presidential primary.  Will was touting the candidacy of Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels.  Yesterday Daniels was interviewed by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.  The questioning turned to the deficit ballooning while Mitchell served as 43’s Budget Director.  Daniels stumbled and stammered to find a response on how the deficit got out of hand after they took office and inherited the Clinton budget surpluses.  If you ask me, Governor Mitchell is definitely not ready for the big stage.

In 1994, Jeff Bagwell was voted the NL MVP.  Who was the runner-up?

Bonus; In 1999, Jeff Bagwell was the NL MVP runner-up.   Who was the 1999 NL MVP?

Commentary got reminded yesterday by my pal Orel Fitzsimmons that his daughter Emma Graves Fitzsimmons is covering the Chicago mayoral race for the New York Times.  That’s cool.

I’m not going to say anything about the top 3 picks of the 2006 NFL Draft.  Mario Williams of the Texans is part of a very bad defense, he is not happy with the system the new defensive coordinator is going to install, and he has never played in a play-off game.   Vince Young is looking for a new team.  At least Reggie Bush has a Super Bowl ring and spent some time keeping up with the Kardashians.

I’m not going to say anything about Jeff Bagwell getting the snub from the baseball writers yesterday. 

In 1994, Matt Williams of the Giants of course was voted NL MVP runner up and in 1999, Chipper Jones of The ATL of course was voted NL MVP.

This season the ‘Stros will spend all three major holidays on the road.  On Memorial Day they will be at Wrigley.  On the Fourth of July and on Labor Day they will be in Pittsburgh – drats!


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