Auditor Tom Salmon has made himself extraordinarily available to talk about his arrest for drunken driving last weekend. Along with returning reporters' phone calls and going on radio talk shows, he announced this morning he'll hold a news conference Friday afternoon.
There are indications that the scrutiny is getting to Salmon. In the announcement about the news conference, he says he "respectfully invites all perfect and imperfect people."
On Facebook, meanwhile, he says, "Sticks and stones may break my bones but words (and cartoons) will never hurt me. People are starving for the truth and leadership. Stay tuned. Fri Press Conference. All perfect and non perfect people are invited."
I haven't seen whatever cartoon he'd be referencing. Undoubtedly, there are a lot of comments out there about his situation that are hard to take. It should not go without mentioning that the comments are frequently flavored by politics in a way that seems, frankly, shallow. Republicans defend him and pat him on the back. What would they be doing if he were still a Democrat? Democrats make snide comments. Would they if he had not just switched to become a Republican?
- Terri Hallenbeck
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