Might want to get a new spokesperson

Patty Briguglio (a.k.a. Patty the Plumber), owner of public relations firm MMI, had her 15 minutes of fame when she shook her finger in the face of President Barack Obama at his health care speech in Raleigh.

Now she is sitting on various health reform panels for the apparent purpose of bashing the government, or anything associated with the government.

At a recent forum sponsored by the always-fair-and-balanced North Carolina Chamber of Commerce Briguglio said:

Nobody believes that the government is … I mean can you name any government program … does anybody here associate any government program with cost effective or efficient?

The problem is that MMI’s client list includes several government programs, or programs associated with the government.

You might assume, for example, that Wake Tech Community College does a great job of training North Carolina’s future workforce. But, of course, you would be wrong. It’s government, and that means Wake Tech is ineffective and inefficient.

What about the Wake Education Partnership, which promotes public schools? It’s wasting its time. Public schools are worthless and ineffective.

MMI also represents the government-funded N.C. Biotech Center. OK, Patty may have a point on that one. Strangely, her company also represents the U.S. 64 DOT Project. I don’t know why a road needs a public relations firm, but this entire project must be a mess, what with the government involved.

Any government program, or organization promoting the good that government can do, might want to review its public relations contracts. It’s not good publicity to have your pr firm running around the state badmouthing your work.

9 Comments

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  2. James

    October 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm

    Ouch. Could be bad for bidness. What a dumb bell. Her client list should be the prospect list of every PR competitor in the Triangle.

  3. Adam Linker

    October 14, 2009 at 6:39 pm

    I’m obviously not as knowledgeable on the topic but I would assume that a pr firm does not want to become the story.

  4. Steve Harrison

    October 15, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Unless I’m mistaken, this is the same pr firm representing the folks who want the State to take over the operation of ALCOA’s hydroelectric dams. Which I think is a bad idea, although that seems to be an ever-shrinking minority opinion.

  5. AdamL

    October 15, 2009 at 10:11 am

    That’s the same firm, you’re right.

  6. IBXer

    October 15, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Yeah, Adam, hiring a PR firm is a great use of government resources.

  7. AdamL

    October 15, 2009 at 11:33 am

    Good point — it would be best if they didn’t hire a pr firm at all.

  8. Kelly

    October 15, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    Maybe Patty and the other “government never does anythingn right” folks should take a look at somethings government does well everyday like social security, wage and hour, anti-discrimination agencies( without government she might still be barefoot and …), WIC, the national parks, Pell Grants, Fullbrights, Occupational safety, workers comp. medicare ( there is a reason why the fastest segment of society is people over 80) and oh yeah the GI Bill

  9. Charles Malone

    October 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    Patty Briguglio and her ilk are the types that know the price of everything, but the value of nothing.

    It is duty of government to do things for people that we cannot as a nation afford not to do. The end result is less a financial profit to anyone than it is an achievment for all by “establishing justice … ensuring domestic tranquity … providing for the common defense … promoting the general welfare … and securing the blessings of liberty.” This is exactly what the U. S. Constitution directs us to do.

    Charles Malone,
    Raleigh