Woe are We

18 Dec

*Sniff* Why is the Buffalo News being so mean to Chris Collins? I mean, he’s not even been inaugurated yet, and already people are criticizing him. *Sniff*. Oh, the humanity!

14 Responses to “Woe are We”

  1. Russell December 18, 2007 at 9:33 am #

    I will admit that Collins squandered the goodwill. I think the fundraiser is an egregious breach that called for the suspension of the buffer time affording him goodwill or the benefit of the doubt. I still don’t think that claiming the term “would like” was a hard campaign promise meritted much comment, but this event does cross the line.

  2. Russell December 18, 2007 at 9:35 am #

    Oh, I also have to say that I am surprised it took you this long to comment on it. The New first published an article about it on Friday.

  3. Christopher Smith December 18, 2007 at 11:10 am #

    This is the kind of political nonsense I don’t have a problem with. Why? Because I like to see appointed patronage hacks sweat it out. Many thought Collins would be politically naive, but it’s been proven so far that he knows how to play the power game.

    He still has all of his political capital, might as wield it while it’s still there. My decision on Collins will come down to his priorities, relationship with the legislature, budgeting, and general political skill when it counts. Right now, we’re still in post-election mode and dealing with the politics of power. I’m impressed with him thus far.

  4. Christopher Smith December 18, 2007 at 11:11 am #

    In other Collins news, it appears the arts community is responding to his demand for accountability and efficiency in trade for funding.

    http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/buffaloerie/story/231064.html

  5. Buffalo Girl December 18, 2007 at 1:34 pm #

    Chris,

    If he were a dem, I think you would be the first person on Collins’ ass about it.

  6. PAuldub December 18, 2007 at 4:40 pm #

    I don’t care if he’s prancing around city hall until 1 January wearing fishnets. I’ll wait til he’s on the clock before I go after him for anything.
    I would have given Keane the same leeway…

  7. hank kaczmarek December 19, 2007 at 5:34 am #

    I’d think Collins was ready for criticism. I mean, look where he lives, and where he was elected.

    As a Republican Exec in Deep Blue Erie County, I think he knew he was going to be criticized for every move he makes, every word he says, and every decision he makes right OR wrong.

    I’m surprised that Democrats haven’t started their campaigns for County Exec 2012 already, they did for president the day after Bush’s last victory. And they wonder why people are fed up with them. I talk to Iowans on the phone every day who can’t stand it anymore, they’ve had 3 years of most of them, and 7 years of that moron Edwards.

    I think a businessman like Collins knew what the temp of the bath water was going to be.

  8. Christopher Smith December 19, 2007 at 8:57 am #

    Buffalo Girl, I think you presume to know me, but clearly you don’t. I don’t care about internecine political warfare, posturing, or fundraising. In the end, it means nothing to the county bottom line and simply means that appointed people who are usually unqualified for the jobs they hold, pay a tax to keep them. Big f’n deal.

  9. iNdAbUFF December 19, 2007 at 9:39 am #

    A mighty y a w n…

    The game of politics isn’t just played by people in government…bloggers do it, newspapers do it…etc…etc…etc.

    It is sad.

    The dem-onization of Collins has already begun…

  10. hank December 19, 2007 at 10:19 am #

    Chris–Your last comment was a strong breeze of fresh air. Think you could deliver these comments to the legislature?

  11. eliz. December 19, 2007 at 12:02 pm #

    I love how he’s calling on the arts community to be more businesslike. Give me a break. If local governments knew how to use their resources as efficiently as most arts organizartions do, we wouldn’t have any control boards in operation here. Compared to the other uses of our tax dollars, what is provided by the county to the arts is barely enough to be noted on a spreadsheet.

    I found suggestions such as taking used xerox machines from law forms less than impressive.

    Stick to what you know, Mr. soon-to-be CE.

  12. iNdAbUFF December 19, 2007 at 12:45 pm #

    eliz,

    I really think he wants to make sure the dollars being doled out to the arts and cultural groups are being spent in the best way to help these organizations and in looking out for taxpayer denaro, there has to be a certain level of accountability…and…I agree, the government could really learn a thing or two from some arts or cultural groups on how to get a lot out of the funding they and running things efficiently…

  13. Bruce December 20, 2007 at 11:53 pm #

    Jim Domalgowski, Ralph Mohr and Tom Reynolds are laughing all the way to the bank.

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