Thursday, August 11, 2005
Connie Morris: Annals of a Fiscal Conservative
Just when we thought nothing more would be revealed about Kansas school board member Connie Morris' $339 a night taxpayer funded junket to Miami Beach last April we get this report from Duane Schrag in the Salina Journal:
- During her six nights in the $339-a-night room at the Fontainebleau Hilton Resort in Miami Beach she had a studio ocean-view suite. According to resort staff, it is “very nice.”
- Promotional material from Magnet Schools of America, according to Schrag's report, says that a special conference rate of $147 a night was available for attendees who registered before March 29. Morris registered in late February.
- Her receipts include a $147 cab ride, although, she may have rented a car.
- A receipt for a $75 cab ride to the airport is day one day before her flight left.
There is more, much more.
Just the other day, Red State Rabble had a little fun at retiree John Calvert's expense. You remember him, he's the ID advocate and FOCM who is leading the charge for intelligent design with the school board.
Now, however, we've come to a new appreciation for our retired citizens. It seems like the information in Schrag's report come not from the tireless work of a MSM investigative reporter, but from Frank Smith, a Bluff City, Kansas resident who, according to Schrag, describes himself as a retiree who likes to stir up trouble.
We reported a couple of days ago that Connie has reimbursed the state board $2,890 for her boondog... eh, trip. Even so, our favorite fiscal conservative refuses to be drawn into any long-winded explanations:
“I’m done haggling about it,” Schrag reports her as saying. “I just don’t have anything to say.”