Imagine that: John Hood, Stagemanager at the John Locke Puppetshow, writes a whole column today about the Starling-LaRoque debacle in NC House District 10 - and not once mentions his boss's role in influencing the outcome of the election. Nary a peep.
I didn’t hear the attorneys for LaRoque and Starling make the case before the elections board, so perhaps I have missed a critical argument or piece of information that would change my mind. But at first glance it appears that a do-over is the right choice. To allow Starling to claim victory by a margin of only seven votes, with more than that many voters complaining about how elections officials ran the balloting, would not have been in the public interest.
For those of us who held out a sliver of hope that Mr. Hood might one day actually practice the intellectual honesty he's so fondly advocates, this is proof positive that money talks and bullshit walks when it comes to Pope Puppets.
Back at the UNC School of Journalism in Chapel Hill, which John Hood and I both attended, the omission of such a salient fact in an assignment would have qualified for an automatic "F."
Mr. Hood, of course, will argue that the State Board of Elections did not look at the issue of electioneering (yet) in the LaRoque-Starling race and that the "do over" has nothing to do with Art Pope. That's like saying that George Bush doesn't have anything to do with the latest deaths in Iraq because he's vacationing in Texas this week.
Say goodbye to your integrity, John. You just flushed it.