Congratulations to former reporting colleague Aaron Chambers, who managed a soft landing after the Rockford newspaper closed its Capitol bureau a few weeks ago. A news release arrived in my inbox this afternoon.
Serafin & Associates Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Aaron Chambers , a longtime Statehouse legislative and political correspondent, as a senior account executive.
Who said this?
“Doubledipping is a gigantic waste of taxpayer money and it’s a state scandal that doubledippers should be permittd to hog precious tax dollars in this age of budget cutbacks.”
If you said Gov. Rod Blagojevich, you’d be wrong.
That quote came from Pat Quinn in the late 1970s when, as spokesman for The Coalition for Political Honesty, he claimed lawmakers who held Chicago and Cook County jobs were blocking ethics reform and, later, tax reform. He claimed the “double dippers” were voting with their personal political interests rather than their constituents interests.
At the risk of entering Animal Farm territory, I must thank NBC News for removing Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews from the anchors' chairs in all of its cable network's future coverage of the election. The duo had been an embarrassment, both to their network and to journalism, during MSNBC's live coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions.
I understand what MSNBC's strategy seems to be -- with Rachel Maddow joining Olbermann in prime-time, they are crafting a cable version of Air America to counter Fox's one-two punch of Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity -- but putting two commentators in the lead anchor positions for both conventions was a gross miscalculation of judgment.