here, here and here (ok we're just kidding on the last one). Mayor Ballard we have one simple question for you:
Who told you this was a good idea?
Please tell us it was Winnie or that you thought of this while rummaging through Greg Jr.'s baby photos. If by chance it was an advisor or staffer, fire them and the person that hired them immediately. Then throw their desk and computer into a dumpster at least five blocks away and fumigate the area just to make sure stupidity like this doesn't spread to the rest of the 25th floor.
Some of you may think we sound a bit harsh, well we disagree. This Mayor ran as an outsider who railed against the 'good ole' boys' and the stench of "insider elites" accusing them of making the taxpayers' monies their own.
Mayor Ballard it is one thing to steer lucrative contracts to your political allies, there hasn't been one mayor that didn't have his favorites. Most politcos understand that part of the game and only squeal when they don't get a little piece of the action. What you did Mayor was incredibly sloppy and smacked of amatuerish nepotism of the worst kind.
So what you would like the taxpayers to believe is that your able-bodied son with a college degree cannot find a decent job without the assistance of his daddy the mayor? Is that what we're hearing? Now we won't blame Hiron and Company for what is probably a good investment. Create a spot for an entry level college kid in exchange for a $10,000 per month marketing contract. Our only question is will he still be around after the 2011 elections or will there be a "downsizing" of the marketing staff? Not suggesting, just asking.
Unfortunately Mayor, this type of behavior only reinforces the cynicism that already infects the hearts and minds of the voting public, that elected officials take care of their own at the expense of the taxpayer. The saddest part of this whole boondoggle is that your son will now become a legitimate target in next year's municipal elections as an example of shameful influence peddling at its worst.
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