Bigger-than-life CEO Fred "the Asphalt King" Smith is testing the oily waters in his run for the governor's mansion, and like all good politicians, he's heralding his humble beginnings. I can see it now, poor little Fredly, growing up in an orphanage.
State Sen. Fred Smith has been to the mountains of Western North Carolina more than a dozen times in the past year and a half. The three-term Republican's frequency to the mountains is an effort to gauge a possible run for the governor's mansion in 2008. Smith toured the Boys and Girls Club here Friday ... Smith, who grew up in a Raleigh orphanage where his mother worked as the housemother and his father was a teacher and coach, said he's familiar with what organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club can do for a young child's life.
Ooops. My bad. Mr. Smith wasn't exactly an orphan even though he just loooooves to talk about growing up in an orphanage.
(Cue the violins)
Keep your eyes peeled for more puff pieces like this. Fred Smith is going to be the Republican nominee for governor, and he'll be painting his rags-to-riches story every chance he gets - about how he rose from humble beginnings to master the art of slopping at the public trough on highway contracts and golf-course development. A Greeder through and through.
PS And why the hell is Kevin what's-his-face all smiley about his Boys Club being used as a soapbox for a right-wing politician? Hey Kevin, get your butt back to work and stop sucking up.