In defense of Michael C.
In defense of Michael Cavanagh, there is no defense.
He, more than anyone, is well aware of how he blew it and when. Why does the county
commission chairman seem to delight in trying to rub Cavanagh's nose right into his past
any chance he seems to get?
Specifically, why besides perhaps that he's sore about the voter fraud allegations that
Cavanagh levied against a state representative, who also countered voter fraud
allegations back at Cavanagh? But besides all that, though, what else does the
commissioner have against the private citizen besides that the man, like many, would
prefer a smaller, less expensive, safe, more spacious jail addition out back of the current
Why can't Commission Chairman Al Ambrosini control a personal vendetta of his that
puts the county in such jeopardy of lawsuits, so much of the time when he speaks or
writes? Why isn't the solicitor's blood pressure through the roof because this happens so
often with Ambrosini's chatter?
Why on earth would Ambrosini even want to pen a letter to the editor, with a false
allegation of Cavanagh and the minority county commissioner, especially if the
courthouse mole weren't fully positive -- i.e., you know, full reliability of surveillance
equipment, refined x-ray vision skills to see through the thick old courthouse walls, etc.
-- that letter writing to the editor is exactly what the two were doing in her office?
One would think that Ambrosini would have backed off Cavanagh a while ago, when the
county gave the private citizen his first good reason to sue. Who in his right mind would
want to further bully or publicly ridicule someone already in a precarious position to sue
(from the FCBHA/county breach of his privacy) by saying things in the paper about that
person already wronged once that were untrue? It's one thing to be misquoted or to have
a writer deliver an otherwise flawless story that, sadly, gets chopped in editing and
changed around through no fault of the story writer.
Letters to the editor, though... there's no disputing what was said.
In defense of Cavanagh's treatment from Ambrosini, however, there is a defense.
Cavanagh is now a twice-publicly-insulted private citizen, just this past year alone, by
county representatives. There is, of course, this infamous, untrue recent letter to the
media from Ambrosini that shocks even some of Ambrosini's most faithful supporters.
Then, don't forget, there's the county's RTK answer, in which the county failed to
protect Cavanagh's privacy by releasing partially redacted information of written
comments from the FCBHA director insulting Cavanagh.
Although the director's printed comments were partially blackened out, the memo
mentioning him in a most unflattery way as a potential county advisory board member,
was still visible and could be read, both at this size print and with the page magnified.
So why would the county commission chairman be so helplessly unable to control his
personal vendetta against Cavanagh -- if that's what it is -- even after a county
department director and county RTK release breached Cavanagh's privacy? We
probably would be expecting more than a tad too much if he sucked up to Cavanagh to
try to smooth that one over. But, really, folks, shouldn't Ambrosini have simply and
completely ignored Cavanagh's existence if he couldn't say anything more positive than
a letter full of lies to the media about him?
Why then is the county commission chairman unable to control his personal vendetta
against the minority commissioner? And why can't the commission chair control his
personal vendetta, as well, against Cavanagh? They're taking shots at Ambrosini's logic
and work. He, on the other hand, hasn't discussed or challenged any of their ideas, but
takes cheap personal swipes since they oppose his plan to spend a ton of money on a
Why won't he seriously critique their ideas about how to resolve the prison
over-crowding problem? Why would he simply lie and take personal swipes at their
character and be proud enough of himself that he had it printed in the paper? Why would
Sorry, but I really don't have all night to go there.