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 jail?
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
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. There's no taking it back.
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
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 new prison.
Why won't he seriously critique their ideas about how to resolve the prison over-crowding
Why would Ambrosini 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 he?
Sorry, but I really don't have all night to go there.