When I saw the headline Mayor of New Jersey’s capital city arrested as part of federal corruption probe into bribery,
[AP, September 10, 2012] I was pretty sure I`d see something like this picture in the story:
Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, arrested along with his brother, Ralphiel
, in an FBI sting offering them bribes in a parking garage operation. Yes, as you can see, the Mayor of Trenton is a Democrat. At least, that`s what conservative bloggers
are willing to point out.
I`ve often thought that Instapundit`s "Name That Party"
meme (he`s good
with memes) was like a respectable version of our "Not Reporting Race"
That`s because, as a USA Today story said
, "The challenge of dealing with minority officials
who run afoul of the law is a pre-eminently Democratic problem....". He was talking about perjury accusations against Roland Burris, and Charles Rangel`s legal issues, but it`s a big problem for mayors, too.
But wait, you ask, what about the Democrats who feature in traditional
New Jersey organized crime and corruption? You know, "Bada-bing, bada-boom!"
After all, if you heard that a New Jersey mayor named Tony had been indicted over corruption, that`s the first thing you`d think of.
Well, the story also features the behind-the-scenes- efforts of "convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni, a Mack supporter who owns a Trenton sandwich shop". I`m not saying that there are no white Democratic corrupt mayors in New Jersey, but Giorgianni couldn`t get elected in Trenton. Not because he`s a convicted sex offender, but because Trenton is 52 percent black.