Everyone seems to agree this police department scandal is a political disaster for Luke “I Am Not a Target” Ravenstahl, but doesn’t Michael Lamb come out looking pretty terrible too?
Neither the city controller, the city finance director nor the city treasurer were keeping tabs on the millions of dollars of checks received by the bureau’s Office of Special Events to ensure they were all being deposited into city coffers or that the surcharge money was properly accounted for.
And ask who’s responsible for tracking that money, city officials point fingers at each other.
Mr. Lamb has been critical of the mayor for not having information on the accounts. The mayor’s spokeswoman, Joanna Doven, Wednesday retorted that Mr. Lamb, as controller, should have come across the discrepancies. City finance director Scott Kunka said he was relying on others to ensure the money was accounted for.
The whole rationale for Michael Lamb’s candidacy was supposed to be that he’s the guy who’s uniquely qualified to put the city’s finances in order. That’s a crazy boring message, but here was a chance to make it relevant to a big newsy event. This could’ve been Lamb’s big chance but instead the voters’ impression is probably going to be that he bungled it.
(via Moriah Balingit)