Ira Brody is desperately trying to save his state treasurer candidacy. Embracing victimhood, he's blaming his troubles on his political enemies, namely that bitter Democratic thug Jimmy Naifeh and the evil liberal media, i.e., Channel 5's Phil Williams. Brody says:
"I'm not going to get in the gutter with these people. I have a record of accomplishment, and that's what I'm running on. I have a record of public service and a successful private sector career, and that's what I'm running on. If people want to try to smear me, that's the politics of destruction, which I do not support."
The latest from the seemingly bottomless pit of crap on Brody: (1) Critics say he gave political cash
in North Dakota to grease the skids for legislation to help a financial scheme.
(2) He was named in two election-related legal actions in New York, and his investment
bank InsCap is a defendant in a Tennessee bankruptcy case, none
of which he disclosed on his treasurer application. (3) He wrote on his
application that there are no liens against him, but one of his former
companies owes $1,400 in delinquent corporate taxes in New York. (4) He's been
wooing lawmakers at Titans' games in an InsCap luxury suite. (5) He claims to
have moved to Tennessee in 2004 but he was still voting in New York in '04 and
'05. (6) He still thinks the state ought to implement his ghoulish idea to use
state pension funds to buy life insurance for unwitting older state retirees,
then cash in the policies when they die. (7) He's not smart enough not to sit for a one-on-one interview with Williams.
Here's my favorite quote so far on that life insurance scheme. Jim Tucker, executive director of the Tennessee State Employees Association, called it "horribly wrong, morally wrong."
"People profiting off other people's deaths ... doing something behind somebody's back and don't tell them," Tucker said. "It makes me sick."
As an aside, the Capitol is buzzing with talk about who may have been feeding Williams on Brody. Democrats, of course, are the most likely culprits, but some speculate that Sen. Randy McNally might have done it. McNally is thought to be no friend of Brody's.