Saturday evening, and it's time to slop the hogs! Translation: They've announced the seven applicants to fill Jim Hallett's big, hungry man sized shoes down at the Port...And there are some obvious bottom feeders coming up to try and dine.
First and foremost - swine before pearls - is the one and only Jim Haguewood, well-known publically-funded bloodsucker, and former "Executive Director" of the EDC. Jim's never met a public dollar he didn't like, and I'm willing to bet he's positively drooling at the thought of getting in at the Port - especially without the bother of an election. As you may recall, Jim is a close criminal cohort of Karen Rogers (no stranger to the trough herself), and, with her, he was the brains behind the totally bogus "CEO Group" that tried to hijack the whole lamebrained "PA Untied" thing a while back. Now Jim's back! Oink, oink, piggy!
I'd say good ol' boy Jim Haguewood is a 2-1 favorite to get the slot. (Feel free to place your bets below.)
Also on the list is Randy Johnson, the President of Green Crow. Yes, the President of Green Crow. (Have you fallen on hard times, Randy? Call me!) If you know anything about Green Crow, and their political activities, and/or Mr. Johnson and his political activities, you'll know that's he's also a member in good standing of the good ol' boys who are good at standing in the way of progress. He's also the current board chairman of the - wait for it - EDC. As a true believer in log it and hog it capitalism, Mr. Johnson is prime porcine competition for Jim Haguewood.
I'll say Randy's odds run about 3-1 for getting in. (Randy, call me!)
Next, we have Brent Berry, who, so far as I can tell, is in his 70s, really likes to play online poker, and, so far as I know, knows nothing about running a Port. (Needless to say, I could be wrong.) But, being a fool for a bet, just like Mr. Berry, I'm guessing his seeming lack of experience might be very, very attractive to the Twicked Twosome who are on the Port Commission. Patsy, ragdoll, sucker - whatever. They could just roll right over him and blame him if something goes wrong.
A longshot favorite, ol' B. Berry is running 5-1.
How about Mel Rudin, you ask? He's a pilot, and say, doesn't the Port have an airport or something? (Let me check into that...) On the plus side, Mel's a PABA member, which shows a good willingness to swallow massive doses of unadulterated BS. On the other hand, Mel and his wife Vicci have been very generous to the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, which might make him some sort of damned Commie or something.
Still...PABA! Pilot! Let's give Mel a 10-1 shot at making it.
Steve Burke...Steve Burke...The Executive Director of the William Shore Pool. Doesn't that count as already having a full-time job, Steve? I know that water flows downhill, but still, moving from the Pool to the Port seems a stretch, all things considered.
Steve Burke currently comes in at 12-1.
Then we come to David Sellars, the "On the Waterfront" columnist for the much-maligned and utterly contemptible Peninsula Daily News. So, sure, he knows the waterfront. No doubt about that. But the Port is, shall we say, generally hostile to transparency, openness and the, you know, free press. So it might just make them shudder to even consider putting Mr. Sellars on the inside.
So Sellars ends up a buyer's market at 20-1.
Finally, we come to Thomas Pope, who is an Accredited Marine Surveyor. That sounds like something that requires education, and possibly some sort of professional standards. Yikes! It also hints at someone who might have some sort of knowledge related to running a Port. Yikes again!
Thomas Pope is accredited at 25-1.
And ladies and gentlemen, the house is open for all bets, and the free - yes, FREE! - exchange of information.