There was plenty of outrage around here last week when we learned that Senate President David Williams and many of the state’s legislators would be living large at the Ali Center at a Thunder party paid for by lobbyists. We all wanted to know how many politicians would risk rage from the voting public for a few hours of free grub and a nice view of the air show and fireworks.
We were glad to see state Sen. Tim Shaugnessy publicly pass on the party, and would like to know if anyone else who participated in the failed session would do the right thing and say no to a PDA. (Public Display of Arrogance)
Well, we’re not surprised that Williams is playing a little political dodgeball about releasing the names of the politicians who accepted an invitation to the party. I walked by the Ali Center during the day, but it was impossible to see how many folks were inside.
But thanks to Joe Gerth of the C-J for following the story. In his Monday column, Gerth explains how Williams said no to his request to attend the shindig, then said he will, eventually, comply with the paper’s open records request for a list of those who RSVP’d for the party. Still, that won’t tell us who actually showed up, but I’m hoping Gerth will eventually be able to tell us.
And since the party created some buzz in the media late last week, it will be interesting to find out if some of those who RSVP’d thought better of it after the media picked up the story and decided not to come. For those who did go, let’s hope they have political opposition at the polls, since Williams arrogantly told WHAS Radio last week that if voters don’t like it, they could “have the opportunity at the polls to take some action.”
Meanwhile, the C-J provided a nice list of the problems caused by their failures with the budget on Saturday, and listed some of those responsible.