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Absolutely priceless - Who says politicians aren’t arrogant bastards?
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 14, 2007

A "servant of the people", speaks his heart.

Lance at A Second Hand Conjecture brings us the story of one Louisiana pol who demands his perqs and makes no bones about his belief they're due. In this case he's talking about extremely scarce BCS championship game tickets:
State Sen. Mike Smith, D-Winnfield, was unapologetic for buying whatever tickets he could get. The Tiger Athletic Foundation donor said his family has had the right to buy 12 season tickets since his father entered the Legislature five decades ago.

[…]

Smith said lawmakers deserve some recompense for the public scrutiny, long hours and middling pay their positions bring. “The press and the public need to get over this thing,” he said. “If people want these tickets so bad, tell them to run for office.”
They are really beyond parody sometimes.

Insincere apology to follow.
 
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I just realized another issue with this guy. You want to know what is wrong with Louisiana Politics, especially the Louisiana Democratic Party (whose members have a lot less in common with a Massachusetts liberal than I do?) Read this line to find one clue:

since his father entered the Legislature five decades ago.
The Morial’s, The Landrieu’s, the Longs and on and on. Dynastic rot throughout the damn thing. It makes the Clinton, Gore, Bush, Kennedy bunch look like johnny come lately’s compared to down here. When term limits reared their head this year a bunch of them tried to game things and hand them off to their kids. Pitiful. Jindal has his work cut out for him.
 
Written By: Lance
URL: http://asecondhandconjecture.com
"Insincere apology to follow."
{hah} Place your bets.

To me, it depends on how hard he gets jumped in the blogs. If he can skate, he will.
 
Written By: Billy Beck
URL: http://www.two—four.net/weblog.php
I’m a politician which means I’m a cheat and a liar, and when I’m not kissing babies, I’m stealing their lollipops.
 
Written By: Neo
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I have absolutely no problem with LSU reserving five seats each for Louisiana senators and representatives at face value. Hell, the LA governor gets forty-three, according to the article.
Besides lawmakers, LSU spread its ticket allotment — about 15,000 seats — among faculty, staff, students and members of the Tiger Athletic Foundation, which ranks its members on a point system that recognizes the cumulative amount and duration of a donor’s contributions.
If you want tickets to the next Sugar/BCS/Guiseppi’s Sausage-Mushroom Pizza Bowl that LSU plays in, join the Tiger Athletic Foundation and start pumping them some serious money.
 
Written By: Arcs
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