A Couple ARGOP Reps Find Racism Hilarious.February 11, 2012
How did you spend the last Friday night before the 2012 Fiscal Session begins? I went out to dinner at Faded Rose in Riverdale, where I had a delicious soft shell crab topped with lump crab meat and mushrooms. Also at the restaurant were Rep. John Burris (R-Harrison) and Rep. Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) meeting with a lobbyist type.
In and of itself, the fact that Burris and Collins had dinner with someone would not be interesting. Where it becomes interesting, however, is when you are sitting close enough to the table that you can hear the “jokes” about which cigarettes are “only for blacks” or hear Rep. Collins talk about what he said to someone when he was drunk. High comedy, I tell ya.
To Burris’ credit, I s’pose, he did not actually make the racial comments. But, then again, he did not object to them, and he did laugh along. Besides, there’s always that old reputation-by-association saw, “show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.” Oh, and he also felt the need to explain to the third party why he (Burris) voted a certain way on specific bills last session, during which my wife described Burris as looking “like he was being raked over the coals naked.”
If you are the type who cares about such things, you might be wondering whether Burris and Collins paid for their own meals. I left before they did, so I cannot say. My guess, however, would be that they did not. If either of the Reps would like to correct this assumption, they can contact me at [email protected] Unless and until I hear from either, I’ll just hope that this ethics-reform package has legs.