Monday, October 17, 2011
Better communication or too much info?
From the Queens Tribune:
How well do you know your elected officials? Not in the banal sense of their actual name, party affiliation, voting records or any of the other political lucre they peddle during election season. Forget all of that.
If you’re an Astoria native, Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) may be a familiar face, now well into his third term in office. But how about his boyish joy in ripping along neighborhood streets, his Harley Davidson hog rumbling beneath his derriere?
Northeast Queens voters may be surprised by Councilman Dan Halloran’s (R-Whitestone) penchant for rebuilding pickup trucks – and his everyman-like troubles with DIY repairs.
Sure, Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) doesn’t exactly spark cries of excitement whenever he addresses a crowd – but the guy is a veritable cutup on Twitter.
Such hobbies and personality quirks were once the domain of private life and perhaps the occasional sentence within a profile in community weeklies such as the one you’re holding. But the explosion of social networking sites has forced us to question the delineation between professional, public and personal life – and politicians aren’t immune.
How could you not mention Weiner? Have you folks read the latest on that?