When you read something, then have your exact thoughts repeated over and over, you know a chord has been struck.
In Sunday’s OWH story about Jim Suttle’s Chief of Staff certain parts jumped out:
The mayor-elect also said he had not heard these specific allegations and will not ask law enforcement officials for documents outlining the accusations.
“Accusations come and go.”
Suttle said he did not run background checks on Samp or anyone he has hired, saying such checks were a “suspicious, punitive system, and that’s not something I build on.”
“What goes on in private lives is private business,” he said. “I don’t sit down with anybody and say, ‘Tell me about your past.'”
“You have to set (rumors) aside,” Suttle said, “and just look at whom is trying to embarrass whom. I’ve seen this, and this happens.”
In Monday’s OWH:
“The mayor has a priority to protect the community,” (Virgil Patlan) said. “You just can’t hire anybody. The city has a right to know the truth.”
“That disgusts me,” (Amy Adams) said. “If allegations come up and you don’t look into it, that seems ridiculous.”
Jim Vokal said it was “fairly arrogant” of Suttle to not seek more information about the allegations. Vokal said Suttle instead should be “making sure he is protecting the public.”
Patlan said he had to have a background check done to join his neighborhood’s citizen patrol, even though he’d been a police officer.
By the way, not included on the online version of Sunday’s story, note once again the summary of Suttle’s other pick for co-Chief of Staff:
Steve Oltmans was fired from the Papio-Missouri River Natural Resources District in 2006 for “a material breach of contract’’ after his board said it had lost confidence in him in the wake of an affair with a former board member.
The affair sparked a special audit that showed no criminal deeds but did reveal incomplete NRD expense records and violations of IRS rules under Oltmans’ watch.
This is a lovely pattern already from the Mayor-elect.
By the way, if you tried clicking on the OWH’s story on Sunday morning, after the first two paragraphs, you were greeted with this teaser:
To find out how Suttle reacted after being told of the investigation of his long-time aide and how the boy’s father feels about Samp moving into the mayor’s office, see the full copyrighted story in Sunday’s World-Herald.
Hmm. If the OWH had an online version back in 1941, it may have looked like this:
Japanese Bomb Something
(to find out what, go give the kid down on the corner a nickel.)