There’s a letter circulating from Rob Teilhert bashing Mike Jacobs for switching parties. I’ve always thought it rather humorous when a Dem becomes a GOP’er or vice versa, the guys in the party being left behind usually start their tirade about what a low down dirty rotten dog the guy was anyway, so good riddance, etc., etc., etc. This is usually followed by the revelation of lots of dirty laundry, etc.
The implication for me has always been, “Geez. You guys left that ass in your party!? What does that say about you.” I celebrated yesterday to see Mike Bloomberg leave the GOP.
Anyway, so this letter is going around and, while I haven’t seen the whole thing, I did get this paragraph copied over to me and I had a great laugh about it. Mr. Teilhet wrote:
You also omitted from your message to constituents your support in the Judiciary Committee for several measures that would limit the applicability of the Open Records Act and make public documents more difficult to obtain. Most heinous was your support for requiring open records requests to be made in writing. You supported this despite uncontested testimony in committee that the bill would have allowed government to require a citizen to identify themselves and state the reason they wanted certain records in writing before having their request for public information processed. Public documents belong to the public, and should be made available without requiring a citizen to be subjected to aggravation or even political retribution for requesting them. Feigning a commitment to open government while you seek to undermine it through your work in the legislature, is one of the oldest and worst parlor tricks in politics. Such duplicity creates fertile ground for the cynicism that makes good public service more difficult.
Dude, come on. The most heinous thing he ever did was make people file requests with government bureaucrats in writing?!
Yeah, yeah, I know. There a few Ron Paul supporters out there who are so paranoid of government, they’re afraid Smithey at the local P&Z might plant a car bomb when an ORA request is filed about the local Wal-Mart’s construction, but, um considering I’ve filed probably 100 of these in my 5+ years as a lawyer, I’ve got to say that requiring they be in writing is a no-brainer. Of course, as I’m typing this, I can see why you would want an anonymous request in DeKalb County — Vernon might force you into an orgy if he doesn’t like your request.
In any event and totally contrary to Rob’s assertion, Mike Jacobs voted against the bill when it was before the subcommittee he was on that considered it. There was a 2-2 tie and Ed Lindsey had to cast the tie breaking vote. Jacobs apparently wasn’t around for the full committee vote.
But still — this is the most heinous thing he’s done and he didn’t even do it? Pfffffft.