Saturday, July 22, 2006

Those Darned Unexpected Heart Attacks

Kathy Augustine, dead at fifty.

She has earned the unfortunate distinction of being the only constitutional officer in Nevada history ever to be impeached and convicted.

After conviction, she kept her job as Nevada's top finance official. She did not step down as expected, even after her misconduct cost her the support of many colleagues and the state Republican Party.

Many had expected her to step down, to remove herself from office after her conviction, but she refused to do so.

As a result, she was becoming the poster child for today's typical politician. Embarrassment, shame, convictions of wrong-doing, all mean little or nothing. For so many politicians only the power, the position and the perks is all that matters.

They say she was healthy, upbeat, and running for yet another government position when she apparently died of a sudden heart attack.

Right. However, it would be a good idea to remember that heart attacks can be very handy things when a very large political embarrassment refuses to go away.

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