What’s With These Guys?

I’m starting to think we should check into the condition of politicians’ residences during their campaigns. Apparently, about 1/3 of all our state politicians run for office simply to get work done on their homes by state contractors. But seriously folks… if you haven’t already heard good old Eddie Perez has turned himself in to state police, and is facing bribery charges, but will not be stepping down as the mayor of New England’s Rising Star. (Really, who would give up that prestigious gig?)

According to The Courant:

Perez will face charges of bribery, fabricating evidence and conspiracy to fabricate evidence when he is arrested at the Troop H barracks in Hartford this morning. Despite the anticipated charges, Perez said he has no plans to resign or temporarily step aside. Echoing what he said after investigators executed a search warrant on his home in August 2007, Perez called his decision to hire Costa a “lapse in judgment.”

This probe has been going on since 2007, and everyone from city officials to parking lot attendants have been compelled to testify in front of a grand jury — which had already been granted two six month extensions. Anyway, this crap is boring… what is comes down to is this:

Hartford is a beleaguered city, with gun violence and drug activity claiming the lives of its residents, and keeping away the suburbanites whose money the city so desperately needs. Maybe it needs a mayor who is less concerned with his legal and bathroom-renovation related woes, and one who can concentrate on making people actually want to spend time there. I think I’m a candidate – I propose as MarkTwain/Harriet Beecher Stowe festival!