Now, let me just say that Patti Blevins has indeed used and abused her power to feather her own nest. There’s no doubt about it. Head of Delaware Helpline? And now Director of Animal Control? If you go back even further you’ll find Girls Incorporated. So, yes, she is an example of the Delaware Way at its worst.
As, by the way, is State Senator Gary Simpson, one of the two senators displaying faux outrage here. Anyone care to take a guess as to what Simpson’s previous employment was? Too late. Formerly Director of the Delaware State Fair. Then Director of University Relations for the University of Delaware. To put it mildly, two institutions with their hands out who always leave Dover with $$’s in their mitts.
The Delaware Way is pernicious and rewards only the connected. Gary Simpson has been an enthusiastic partner and beneficiary of the Delaware Way for decades. He’s helped to keep the money flowing to the U of D while ensuring that its books remained closed to the public.
The motives of Simpson and hack Rethug Greg Lavelle (time for a grassroots D challenger in SD 4) are transparent. They are only demanding this now to try to revive the failing campaign of John Marino. There wasn’t a peep out of them when, for example, R State Sen. Joe Booth got a ‘created just for him’ position with the Sussex Vo-Tech District. Or when R Majority Leader Dick Cathcart was thrown a life raft by Delaware City and Tom Wagner after illegally awarding contracts at Delaware State. Or, of course, this.
Hey, if they call for an independent review of the Delaware Way and all its beneficiaries, I’ll be right there with them. I’d be happy to share every single word I’ve written about the scum on both sides of the aisle who have benefited from this Insiders’ Club. But let’s call this for what it is: a sad and transparent attempt to resurrect their halting hopes of running the Senate by selectively blasting behavior that their own Caucus has engaged in and/or ignored.