Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Pay up GOP, cuz your rich BIATCH... & Please don't ever come back... asshole!

Lincoln mayor wants Cheney to pay for security expenses

BY HENRY J. CORDES



Lincoln mayor readies the bill for Cheney's visitDick Cheney and Air Force Two are long gone, but a controversy still swirls around the vice president's visit to Lincoln: Who should pick up the tab for all that extra security?




Lincoln Mayor Coleen Seng says she intends to bill the vice president's office, or any other responsible party, for the nearly $32,000 in costs the city incurred last week when Cheney came to help raise money for GOP congressional candidate Jeff Fortenberry.

Republicans blasted the request, saying Tuesday that Lincoln's Democratic mayor was trying to make political hay and was embarrassing the state in the process. State GOP Chairman David Kramer said it was especially outlandish given that Cheney was returning to his hometown.

"This isn't about cost. It's about politics," Kramer said. "Lincoln is sending a message that leaders of the Free World aren't welcome here because the city is too cheap."

The Democratic Party's executive director said that if the Bush administration doesn't reimburse the city, Fortenberry, who raised $150,000 from the Cheney visit, should.

"It's shocking that a self-proclaimed conservative and former city councilman would expect taxpayers to subsidize his political fund-raiser," Barry Rubin said. "That money could pay for a new police officer or firefighter."

Lincoln city officials said they were researching Tuesday whether there is any precedent for such reimbursement. What they found, said the mayor's chief of staff, Mark Bowen, is that a lot of cities are asking that question.

Bowen said he suspects cities' interest comes from the tremendous amount of security required in the post-9/11 world.

Lincoln police were required to close off numerous streets for hours as part of the Cheney visit, and an ambulance had to travel with him at all times. While Lincoln has 40 officers on duty on a typical weekday, it needed to deploy 100 to meet the demands of the Secret Service.

Bowen said the mayor's request came out of citizen inquiries about street closings, costs and why taxpayers should bear the costs for a campaign trip.

Because that's the way it's done, the GOP's Kramer said.

Fortenberry was at a Washington, D.C., fund-raiser and couldn't be reached for comment.

Kramer noted that the City of Omaha and Mayor Mike Fahey didn't require reimbursement when Cheney came to Omaha to raise money for Bush last year.

Rubin said Fortenberry was reimbursing the federal government the $15,000 cost of flying Air Force Two to Lincoln. That, he said, shows there is a precedent for a campaign to pick up public costs for an event.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's the first time I've heard Coleen do something I liked, hmm, put that in your pipe and smoke it....
:)

June 23, 2004 at 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so fucking cool...It is about time that local officials and the public say "fuck you" to having to bear the burden in getting these crooks re-elected.

They have tons of money...Like Scrooge McDuck that they can swim around in...and they expect the tax payers to take the burden of their visit. Plus, they fly around in a jet that is paid for by taxpayers for their re-election campaigns. Someone has to stop these ridiculous mindsets and make these rich bastards pay their own way instead of riding on the backs of the masses.
They should go Greyhound next time.
Butch

June 23, 2004 at 10:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is so fucking cool...It is about time that local officials and the public say "fuck you" to having to bear the burden in getting these crooks re-elected.

They have tons of money...Like Scrooge McDuck that they can swim around in...and they expect the tax payers to take the burden of their visit. Plus, they fly around in a jet that is paid for by taxpayers for their re-election campaigns. Someone has to stop these ridiculous mindsets and make these rich bastards pay their own way instead of riding on the backs of the masses.
They should go Greyhound next time.
Butch

June 23, 2004 at 10:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my comments are so good i post them twice!

June 23, 2004 at 10:45 AM  
Blogger some cyclist in nebraska said...

that's a mayor with some balls.
-mw

June 23, 2004 at 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That so cool! I wonder if they will actually pay the bill? I hope they do, but they probably won't and get some other suckers to pay for it. Sketch-balls

June 23, 2004 at 12:19 PM  

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