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There's a Republican city council member out in Nehalem, Oregon named Jim Welsh. He's currently running for the state house, and he's got a blog going that we just noticed. And lo and behold, Mr. Welsh pulls no punches!
Here's a hysterical shot that he takes at right-wing charm school dropout Rob Kremer and state GOP chair Allen Alley. Welsh is more than a little miffed that they're snubbing him. An intra-party internet slap fight among Republicans -- can anything be more entertaining to watch?
Well actually there is one more beneficiary of Allen and Rob’s "spreading the wealth". Payments totaling $10,000 to Rob’s wife for "management" services. Whatever happened to the idea of making sure that even the appearance of impropriety was to be avoided?
So there you have it. The sum total of contributions by the OTP in this election cycle. A half a million dollars paid out by Alley and Kremer to a handful of Republican candidates and some non-partisan candidates and causes. I think you get the picture. As to the rest of you folks who stepped up and filed for the Legislature, you’re on your own. Don’t you think that maybe, just maybe, these two people could have let go of just a few of these dollars to give each of you filers a little seed money for your campaign?
Apparently, if you are not over there in the Kremer’s neighborhood, you don’t even exist. You live in Baker or Klamath or Tillamook or Curry counties? Fahgettaboutit.
This whole system is rotten to the core.
And here's a great one -- on the soul-sucking Oregon Lottery machine, and the proliferation of government public relations flacks. First-rate stuff:
I put in a call to the Oregon State Lottery Public Information Officer to find out how much this little gem has cost us. I was put in touch with a lady named Marlene. I asked her about the cost of the mailer. She didn’t know but said that it was a budgeted item. Can I make a cost saving suggestion to the people who run the Oregon State Lottery? Next year, when you are making up your budget, make sure that whoever came up with this wasteful and stupid waste of money not be involved in the budget process. But until then some comments.
I think I can safely say that the vast majority of City Councilors and other officials across the entire state would never have missed this puffed up piece of back-patting if it had never been mailed. And it couldn’t have been cheap. And what really sticks in my craw is that it was extolling the wonderful things that the Oregon Lottery does for education, counties, and the Oregon Watershed Board (OWEB). Well you know what, why didn't these Lottery officials just take the money spent on this ridiculous mailer and add that back to the funds sent to our schools and counties? I didn’t need this information. Its already out there on the internet if anyone wants it. Why didn’t they just send it out to our email addresses? A total waste of money.
No, like Rep. Boone, these ensconced government folks just can't stay away from spending government money to tell you all what a great job they are doing. Oh, yes, Mr. Niswender even tells us that we can schedule a Lottery speaker (I assume on paid Oregon State Lottery time) for our next city council meeting. I can just see the reaction, "Nehalem City Council promotes Gambling". These people are clueless, absolutely clueless.
Bloggers come and bloggers go, but as long as Welsh is writing like that, we'll be reading.