What Blagojevich Teaches Us About Political Appointments
Welcome to biggest blatant political scandal in years starring Illinois Governor Rod R. Blagojevich. Basically the dude tried to leverage his power to be able to select the successor to Obama's Senate seat for money (note to wingnuts: There's no evidence that the Obama camp is involved in this at all). Oh, political appointments. That seems to be a topic Riptide has been harping on for a while.
To recap: The Hialeah City Council appoints Katherine Cue, a 21 y/o ex-beauty queen and aid to Mayor Julio Robaina, to an open council seat. Then Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower decides that an open seat on the council of that town should be decided by appointment, and not elected because everyone is so poor. Just yesterday Charlie Crist appoints some unqualified, Ex-NFL player to the Board of Education. It is also quite possible that if Obama selects Miami Mayor Manny Diaz as his HUD Secretary the City Council will be charged with selecting his replacement.
And Riptide has been blogging about it, seemingly in vein, that a couple of these decisions just don't sit right, and warning about the possible corruption that can come with appointments. We're not saying any of these situation are quite as fishy as this Blagojevich situation, we're just saying we should pay a little closer attention to how our elected officials use their power of appointment.
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