Sometimes one just has to laugh at the bald-faced whoppers that some politicos will tell when they’ve been discovered with their hands in the cookie jar or in a place they ain’t supposed to be. Case in point: the school voucher group, Parents for Educational Freedom attempting to explain an all-expense paid trip to Miami for a gaggle of legislators (including the Speaker of the House), legislative staffers and at least three lobbyists for the group.
According to this article in the Fayetteville Observer:
“Stan Chambers, a spokesman for the Raleigh-based lobbying group, told me Monday that the trip was designed to educate the 11 state lawmakers who went about Florida’s education tax credit program.
Chambers said the overnight trip did not include any lobbying or formal presentations by Parents for Educational Freedom.” (Emphasis supplied.)
Say what??!! Come on, Stan, give us a break. Three lobbyists for your group accompany more than a dozen legislators and legislative staffers on an all-expense-paid trip to a Miami-area resort to hear about a Florida voucher program that quickly gets turned into a budget provision in the current House budget in Raleigh and there was no lobbying??
Excuse me, but this is just embarrassing. Why did the lobbyists come along — as chaperones? Why did their employer pay for the trip – as a charitable exercise?
Bottom line: Rather than playing the “who us?” game, Parents for Educational Freedom would do well to hire a crisis management consultant to clean up their mess. He or she would undoubtedly tell them to admit their screw-up and beg forgiveness rather than continuing to insult everyone’s intelligence with these embarrassing denials of the obvious truth.