Friday, October 1, 2010

What can PIC learn from Paladino? Or How I learned to love the bomb

Well that didn’t take long. The most recent Paladino explosion could serve as a useful learning tool to the Public Integrity Commission if only they could get their collective heads out of their collective rear ends. Or in special counsel ralph’s case if he was in town instead of on vacation again (track season, Florida, ralph is a man of leisure, how does he find the time to screw up so many different issues?).

But I digress, what could the PIC learn from Paladino you ask? As Abraham Lincoln said “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt”.
Much as Paladino is being defined by his actions as an out of control madman (am I the only one that can see him as the Slim Pickens character in the Stanley Kubrick classic Dr. Strangelove – picture the campaign ad Paladino in a cowboy hat riding a nuclear bomb to its target with the tag line “How mad are you Carl?”) the PIC is being defined by its actions as a poorly managed vindictive incompetent leftover from the bad old spitzer days.

Paladino makes wild accusations about Cuomo’s infidelity and then when asked if he has proof goes ballistic (I think Fred could handle Paladino and Caputo I’m not sure about the bodyguard though that dude was huge) and follows that up with the standard schoolyard response of I have the proof and will show it at the appropriate time. By the way I’ve never met anyone who says that and actually has the proof.

Miccio makes a wild accusation that I may be violating the lifetime bar by representing a client who received a late fee imposed illegally by Miccio and then when I try to play by the PIC’s rules and ask for an opinion upon Ginsberg’s guarantee that they will not try to collect the late fee from my client Miccio goes ballistic and contacts my client directly to collect the late fee (and yes I’m pretty sure I can handle Miccio, Ginsberg and any other goons they have on the payroll in a legal fight of course although I guarantee it will look like a street fight LOL).

But here’s the lesson Paladino can teach Mike the chair and the PIC – Paladino once he calmed down and had a chance to think about what he did and why he did it admitted he had no proof of Cuomo’s extracurricular activity. That’s a step in the right direction.

If Mike the chair tells me that Ralph had no basis for his unsubstantiated allegation of a lifetime bar (one by the way that would apply to every former state employee high and low including 4 members of the commission and former executive directors Rivkin, Sleight and Teitelbaum) he would be taking a step in the right direction.

And here’s the lesson PIC can teach Paladino. You pay for the actions of those you employ to run your operation. Surround yourself with incompetent, bungling and in some cases corrupt employees and it reflects upon the guy at the top. Any doubt? Go ask John Feerick the former chairman of PIC until Teitelbaum ruined his reputation.

And Mike I still have not received an answer to the simple question of has the commission changed the way it calculates due dates. It almost two months another commission meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks don’t let Miccio and Ginsberg buckle the seatbelt on that nuclear bomb you are riding If you have seen the movie it’s a fun ride till the bomb goes off.

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