You do have to wonder about Gov. Douglas' penchant for staying within the same circle of friends.
He's made a fairly high number of key staff changes since the election, but he never reached farther than 50 feet to tap anybody on the shoulder. He apparently is not among those reading Abraham Lincoln's "Team of Rivals." He is not reading any books on how to cultivate new friends, let alone rivals.
Were there no more bankers willing to jump to state government work, and so he ran out of people?
Steve Wark was not one I would have guessed as Douglas' new spokesman. Having dealt with him a bit in his role at the Public Service Department, I will say that he is a perfectly affable fellow. However, I do hope he learns to be better about returning phone calls promptly. This is a guy who still uses a pager. That's got to change.
- Terri Hallenbeck