Monday, June 7, 2010

Kenneth Stokes, the Clarion-Ledger, and signs made by 3rd graders

Walking home for lunch today, I spotted Councilman Kenny Stokes holding a press conference & protest outside of the Clarion-Ledger headquarters.  The reason behind the protest is the Clarion-Ledger's investigative reporting into Councilman Stokes' taxpayer-funded trips.  According to a June 4th article by Chris Joiner, Councilman Stokes has been flitting around the country on the taxpayer's dime without any real justification.  The Clarion-Ledger summarized Joyner's story with an editorial the following day.  An excerpt:

A Clarion-Ledger check of travel records show that Stokes went to Chicago last August, spending $2,745.54. The tab included a hotel with a $275.81-a-night fee.
When asked about the trip, Stokes had trouble remembering what it was about. Actually, it was about streets, the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials Subcommittee.
Worse, those contacted at the conference could not recall Stokes being there.
He also went to a Chicago trade show of the mobile broadband industry and attended another on real estate in New York. He traveled to Washington, D.C., in March, but didn't join the mayor and council members in meeting with the state congressional delegation. Stokes says he avoids interacting with other city officials on such trips to avoid appearance of collusion. He apparently did a good job. Nobody saw him.
 Marshall Ramsey added a cartoon:

All of that led to this:

The signs were repetitive and childish "Clarion-Liar", "Clarion-Cesspool", etc.  The laughable ones were "Yo Hampton! Your dress is showing" (a bit chauvinistic, don't ya think?) and "Hey Ramsey, your momma's fat!"  (Apparently an entry from Ward 3 elementary school children home on summer break.)

Stokes says he wants the city to hire attorneys to sue the C-L for libel.  I'd like to think that has a slim-to-zero chance of happening.

(By the way, isn't that Enoch Sanders holding the Ramsey sign above?)

1 comment:

Pete said...

A fools name and a fools face are always seen in a public place!