Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Shaw Watch 2
Jim Shaw's not running for mayor. But he is trying to influence the outcome of the mayoral race. His column in the Rapid City Journal today is a rambling vitriolic diatribe which appears to justify his – and Alan Hanks' – support of a lease-leaseback tax dodge scheme that Sam Kooiker exposed as a sham.
Shaw claims that Kooiker noting the accomplishment, while also noting that his opponent voted three times to advance the scheme, amounts to negative advertising.
The fact is, Hanks' support of the lease-leasback of the city's waste-water treatment plant is part of the record Hanks claims to be proud of.
Shaw's column points out that the matter was moot, because after being presented with Kooiker's evidence, the city council discussed it and voted the plan down. But, Shaw forgot to mention that they only did so after being presented with evidence uncovered by – wait for it – Sam Kooiker, and testimony from a local retired judge Kooiker asked to look at the contract. Roland Grosshans at the time said he believed a "pervert" wrote the contract. In the end, when faced with the fact that the scam had been exposed as a scam, Hanks voted to end negotiations with the scammers.
To that point, however, Hanks had voted to advance the negotiations with a company that intended to dodge taxes at taxpayers' expense. Congress later filled the loophole that allowed such stuff.
Shaw doesn't like Hanks and he really doesn't like Kooiker. And, he does have a bit of a temper. He has already revealed that he's likely to support candidate Ron Weifenbach, a councilman from Ward 1. It will be interesting to see how long the Journal allows a 1 col. x 21 inch political ad to continue running for free.
Posted by Michael Sanborn at 3:34 PM