OMT One Man's Trash...from Norman Leahy

Thursday, June 29, 2006 :::

Mopping-up the Budget

Chad had the story yesterday, but today, the RTD plays catch-up with its version of what happened to the Governor's budget amendments.

Most interesting are the quotes from various legislators:

This is almost a shameful day," said Senate Republican Floor Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. of James City County.

Almost shameful, but not quite? Well, no one was mooned, so perhaps that makes all the difference. Then, we have this from the previously obscure Ward Armstrong:

"Maybe it's fitting we have a dysfunctional end to a dysfunctional session," said Del. Ward L. Armstrong, D-Henry.

I suppose Armstrong made it onto Good Copy's speed dial after the Vehrs Incident. Now, he's quote-tastic!

Then, we things get earthy:

"They just screwed the city of Virginia Beach," said Sen. Kenneth W. Stolle, R-Virginia Beach. "They just cost the taxpayers of Virginia Beach $1.6 million."

Interesting word choice. But hardly as colorful as this:

Del. Lionell Spruill Sr., D-Chesapeake, was furious over the loss of the grant to NSU, which claims the project is critical to gaining re-accreditation in 2008.

"I'm pissed off about it," Spruill, a Norfolk State alumnus, told a House shocked by his crudity.

Crude, yes. But politics ain't beanbag. And it does make for very good copy.

However, the best summation of all this jocularity comes from our own Jerry Fuhrman:

Once again, we are indebted to the House Republicans for watching out for our hard-earned money.

We should name a bike path after them.

Quibbles aside, that's a keeper.

::: posted by Norman Leahy at 6/29/2006 0 comments


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