Friday, May 04, 2007

Simpson seeing media from the other side


More fun was on tap today for former Joplin Globe Editor Edgar Simpson, who now serves as chief of staff to Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann.
According to an article in the Dayton Daily News, Dann "bought a 2007 Chevy Suburban from a campaign contributor for $40,374 when he could have purchased a full-size SUV through the state's fleet management system for $25,899."

Simpson, who might have been skeptical of such a deal when he was a member of the Fourth Estate, now has a hard time understanding what it is about such dealings that interests the media:

On the campaign trail, Dann routinely railed against "pay to play" politics where unbid state contracts go to campaign contributors. But Dann's Chief of Staff Ed Simpson said, "Bottomline is, no, there was no pay to play."

He added, "Five-hundred dollars. It's not a very big contribution, is it?"

Dann could have purchased a Chevy Tahoe with a police package for $28,778 or a Ford Expedition for $25,899 through the state Department of Administrative Services. DAS negotiates volume discounts from dealers for state vehicles.

"The one that we decided would work best for Marc was not on the DAS list. That's why we didn't go there," Simpson said.

Simpson said Dann wanted a vehicle with seating for the staff that often travel with him and could take him on law enforcement raids. The DAS SUVs are basic vehicles without the needed options, said Leo Jennings, III, Dann's communications director.

9 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Is anyone really surprised with Ed's hypocrisy?

Anonymous said...

Ed is a jerk, was a jerk and always will be a jerk. But the sad thing is most reprters, not all, but most reporters are just like this piece of crap, Ed Simpson. The fact is Ed is dirty.

Anonymous said...

randy, you're hired! feel better now?

Anonymous said...

The Globe is nothing but a rag for the most part anymore. Their more in to tabloid journalism these days. They don't report the news, they put their spin on it and use polls to tell people how to handle the situations in their towns and school boards and city governments!

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, the Globe has a poll for all the issues in Baxter Springs and Neosho and Seneca and Noel and yadadada. People like anon 1:30 p.m. need to go back your little hidy hole and come back up when you're done cooking your meth.

Anonymous said...

Hit a nerve did we anon 4:05 pm? Your not one of there sorry excuse reporters are you?

Anonymous said...

When is the government going to start being more fuel efficient and stop driving the biggest gas-guzzlers it can? I'm sick and tired of arrogant assholes driving big SUV's because "they need to."

Anonymous said...

randy, the words you always wanted to hear: you're hired.