Monday, January 14, 2008
Schmuck Alert: Shiny Wing-Tip
Usually I save my Schmuck Alerts for those caught accosting TV photogs, but in the case of Colorado State Representative Douglas Bruce, I'm making an exception. Seems the incoming blowhard takes great umbrage at having his picture snapped - at least with his head bowed. The former County Commisioner (read: "kra-zee") was about to be sworn into office when a fellow lawmaker commenced with an opening prayer. At Bruce's feet, newspaper photographer Javier Manzano did what newspaper photographers are prone to do: he (GASP!) took a picture. Incensed that his image had been captured during such a reverent time, the fully-grown Republican made like a three year old and kicked the offending photog in protest. Shortly after, Representative Bruce held his breath. spun in circles and demanded a fresher juicy-cup. Okay, I made that last sentence up, but the fact of the matter is this clown's been elected to public office. As sometimes happens, an increased constituency tends to rot the frontal lobe of some electees. While Mr. Bruce isn't the first politician to go jack-ass, most do wait until they're at least sworn-in. To the politico's defense, he claimed the photographer's camera noise was disturbing the public prayer - much like a childish strike of a shiny wing-tip might do to an otherwise uneventful ceremony. See ya on the Today Show...Schmuck!