Tuesday, September 25, 2012



Ethics Alert


A New York State Official made the following comments in a work environment yesterday.


After noting that he was disturbed about reports  in the Times Union related to his prowess at an activity that he clearly puts a lot of effort into.


And further noting that the reports regarding the manifestation of his efforts were grossly inaccurate and undervalued.


He said as follows regarding his trophy.


It was “a long eight inches”




It was “eight inches but it looked bigger”


Is Vito Lopez on the loose again?


Will Susan Lerner file a complaint with JJOKE?


Will JJOKE hold an emergency meeting to announce a substantial basis investigation under Public Officers Law because a public officer has failed toendeavor to pursue a course of conduct which will not raise suspicion among the public that he is likely to be engaged in acts that are in violation of his trust.”?


But wait it gets worse this same Official reinforced his remarks by holding his hands a good foot apart in a universally understood code for a very well endowed . . . fish.


Yes I am referring to Governor Cuomo’s remarks at yesterday’s news conference.   You can view it here at the 24 minute mark and judge for yourself whether the governor was referencing a brook trout or a trouser trout?


One must wonder if any aides on “the governor’s staff” helped the governor “bait his hook” or “hold his pole”.  Will fishing guide be a new “position to hold under “ the governor while he pursues his official duties?


Now don’t get me wrong I like and use a fair number of double entendres myself on a regular basis and in general have the maturity of a 13 year old so when I heard the news conference I chuckled and actually admired the ability and skill of the governor to “slip in” a double entendre in a news conference.


But the thought of the cold fish at JJOKE being able to use their power to “land” any other public official that suits their fancy makes for “significant shrinkage” in the old fishing hole.


If New York wants ethics to not only “be all it can be” but also “all it should be”, we need to put the governors attack dog to sleep and go find a real watchdog.


And as an aside governor if it was really eight inches you don’t complain about how others perceived it you take a picture of it and post it on facebook  . . .oops  bad advice you don’t want to be the next Wiener


UPDATE  I’ve clarified with Times Union editor Casey Seiler who witnessed the news conference first hand that the Governor was not intending to sexually harass anyone at the news conference and that “sometimes a fish is just a fish”.


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