Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Chichester Edits Statements For Accuracy

Christine Anderson, Governor Spitzer's Director of Communications, explaining the "upstate" State of the State.

"It's the state of our upstate (I can't believe I have to defend this bonehead idea) . Is it strong? (The second floor genius who came up with this first-ever fiasco-in-waiting better stay out of my office) . Is it weak? (Now this genius has me asking if the upstate economy is weak when I know a new report shows it lost 85,000 jobs between 2000 and 2006). What do we have to do next? (What I'm going to do next is find the propeller-hat in our administration who has no idea what the flack does).

"The Dishonest Way You Pose Yourself"

Senate Majority Leader Pat Geary Harry Reid of Nevada still hates President Bush.

President Signs An Al Gore Energy Bill

January 20, 2009 can't arrive fast enough so President Bush can retire to Texas. This morning he signed the "energy" bill flanked by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Every bill favored by Reid and Pelosi that purports to help America achieve energy independence will never achieve the goal and is merely one that appeases carbon-counting green kooks.

The legislation keeps the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge closed to oil drilling, does not provide incentives for the construction of nuclear power plants, does nothing to control rising gas prices and will not build the first oil refineries in the continental United States in thirty years. Today, President Bush officially became a total failure in attempting to establish a workable, balanced and sensible national energy policy.

This is an opportunity for one of the five competitive Republican candidates to show guts and leadership. The first candidate to effectively criticize President Bush for his signature on this atrocious legislation and paint him as an eight-year failure on domestic issues, with the exception of tax cuts, can break out.

A Slip And Fall Lawyer Reps Spitzer's Lawyer

ambulance chaser

NOUN: Slang
1. A lawyer who obtains clients by persuading accident victims to sue for damages.
2. A lawyer avid for clients.

This is Peter Moschetti. He represents David Nocenti, counsel to Governor Spitzer, in the ongoing Dirty Tricks scandal. Mr. Moschetti's major practice areas, he helpfully notes, include "slip and fall accidents." The legal advice he offers, which comes with a FREE CONSULTATION (it's in yellow on his website), is:

"Whether it’s an unsalted patch of ice in a business’s entryway or an unmarked spill on the grocer’s floor, New York slip and fall hazards are lingering amidst businesses, homes, and pathways . . . If you or a loved one has been injured in a New York slip and fall or other premises liability accident, consider these steps to help you with your claim.

"Take photographs of the accident scene and your injuries soon after, if not immediately after the accident. Write down the names and addresses of any eyewitnesses. Contact a New York premises liability lawyer at Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany as soon as possible. Our staff can help collect vital evidence and take action promptly to thoroughly investigate the case."

Unfortunately, I'm not near a shower as I write this post but I will carry on dutifully.

David Nocenti holds a position of immense responsibility. Having worked closely with one of his talented predecessors on criminal justice issues, I can confidently assert that they are not supposed to be this dumb.

I'm not a lawyer, and I know Mr. Nocenti needs a new lawyer. Immediately. If Mr. Nocenti slips and falls on his way into the Grand Jury room or has an auto accident on his way to take a polygraph, he can pursue an ambulance chasing case with Mr. Moschetti.

But since he's involved in a scandal that could prevent Governor Spitzer from completing his term in office, he's going to need the services of someone with experience in government corruption and white collar criminal cases. The Governor's Chief of Staff Richard Baum apparently understands the stakes. He hired Steven F. Reich.

Mr. Reich has experience as a trial lawyer and also "served as Special Counsel to a Select Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly considering whether to recommend the impeachment of then-Governor John Rowland." There aren't many attorneys directly involved in impeachment proceedings for a Governor. Mr. Baum hired the right lawyer.