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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 [1] 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 [2] 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 [3] 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.