Mar 15, 2009
Morning Call Spanks Pawlowski
When you grow up in a twin or rowhouse, you can tell whose been good or bad. One neighbor would spank his kids every night when he got home from work, saving his wife from the daily chore of discipline. He wouldn't spank too hard, just enough to cover any possible infractions they may have committed. Several weeks ago Jarrett Renshaw outlined Pawlowski's aggressive campaign funding solicitations. This week, both an editorial and another article, give Pawlowski another little spanking. The editors recommend a state law addressing "Pay to Play" conflicts. In Renshaw's new article he tells us City Council will form yet another Ad-hoc committee, this one to study campaign limits. Who will scrutinize the contributions they receive? D'Amore and Donovan want to fashion the new committee after the one which evaluated the Pre-Sale Home Inspection Law, aka After the Horse left the Barn. D'Amore's election was financed largely by the unions, and he returned the favor last week requiring all clothes dryer vents be union installed.* Donovan noted, that despite a $2000 contribution by the contractor, he voted against the Parking Authority selling the Verizon lot** to townhouse producer Nic Zawarski. Donovan forgets to mention I was sitting behind him with a stick in his back, and that he knew the one no vote wouldn't affect the sale. He did not advocate that his fellow directors vote no. I appreciate that D'Amore and Donovan again wax philosophical about due diligence and policy, but would appreciate them doing it occasionally before the fact.
ADDENDUM: Although I reprimand the Mayor for his solicitation of contributions, I do not believe he partakes in pay to play. Likewise, I do not believe D'Amore or Donovan base their votes upon contributions. D'Amore, Donovan and Hoffman (controller) are to be credited for recognizing a policy shift, in regard to contributions, is in order.
*law pertains to HVAC ductwork
** lot used by second shift women workers at Verizon, 7th and Linden Sts. who need safe parking