Yesterday, the Jefferson County Commission apparently voted to hire a Washington lobbying firm to try to get federal help with the sewer crisis. I say “apparently” because you’d never know it by watching this video, which shows discussion (I use the word loosely) of the proposal. The, um, discourse broke down into a mêlée during which a citizen was removed for exercising his right of free speech and — believe it or not — the vote was taken and the meeting quickly adjourned. It happened so quickly that Commissioner Jim Carns, who opposes the hiring, wasn’t aware of the vote.
I know we’re living in upside-down land when I find myself agreeing with Comm. Carns, who used to be my State Rep. and leans way too far to the (religious) right for my taste. But I’m with him:
“This is ridiculous. And I object.”
Me too, Jim. As do both Artur Davis and Spencer Bachus, who have made it clear that paying a lobbyist is a waste of money. Of course, that never stopped the Commission before.
Related posts here. The video linked above is long, and most of the excitement takes place toward the end. Well, except for the part where Shelia Smoot tries to take credit for Artur Davis’ plan to meet with local, state, and federal officials to discuss alternatives. That’s closer to the middle.