Friday, September 2, 2011
Friday Hodge Podge: Steve Goldsmith, Andre Carson, Happy Labor Day
Former Mayor of Indianapolis and Deputy Mayor of New York City, Steve Goldsmith was arrested for an alleged altercation with his wife, Margaret, on July 30. Both Goldsmiths deny the accusation and say that there was no domestic battery and that Goldsmith was only arrested because Washington, D.C. law forced it. Mrs. Goldsmith filed no charges, and I have no interest in airing Goldsmith's dirty laundry here.
Goldsmith did resign as New York City's Deputy Mayor because of the arrest. If this is the end of his political career, it certainly has been a long ride for Goldsmith. The arrest came after a poor tenure as NYC Deputy Mayor for Goldsmith as he drew wide criticism for the way he handled the New York City blizzard this past winter. I'm sure he was wanting to end his career on a happier note. Instead, he is going down with a cloud of controversy over his career. Not the swan song anyone would want.
Andre Carson Stands Tall
I didn't agree with the language Andre Carson used when he made his inflammatory comments about race relations between African-Americans and Tea Partiers, but the Congressman has really stood tall and has taken all responsibility for his words.
There's something to admire about that. Many times when politicians are caught on tape saying things that are not palatable to the public at large, they find a way to get the truck in reverse as fast as possible. Carson made a soft apology saying that his comments weren't intended to "hurt" anyone, but he then went right back to standing behind what he said.
It's another example of "I don't agree with what you said, but I will stand for your right to say it."
Happy Labor Day
Monday is Labor Day, and I'm going to take the weekend off from blogging. Hopefully you have a happy Labor Day, and let's remember who got Labor Day for you. Our union brothers and sisters that pushed for the day and made it possible. Thanks to all of you in organized labor and all you do for workers in our society today.
Unless some bombshell drops, see you on Tuesday.