Hell did not freeze over, last I checked, but the morning newspaper did get around to addressing the suspicious contributions to Mayor Vaughn Spencer's reelection campaign from the paper's dear and favorite patron, the Honorable Albert R. Boscov, whose advertising dollars are keeping the paper afloat and thus is not a person the paper wants to piss off.
So let's follow the money.
Boscov says his three contributions, totaling $70,000 to Spencer's war chest were actually personal loans that Spencer signed a legal document vowing to repay in full.
"He never said this would be for the campaign," Boscov said out of one side of his mouth. Out of the other, Boscov said that he figured some, but not all, might be election-related.
From Spencer's mouth hole emerged a giant thank-you to Albert Boscov as well as a swipe at the city ethics code which Spencer himself signed into law: "The city solicitor and others have described the rules as flawed and unenforceable, which is why most of the candidates could be in violation of the law depending on interpretation."
The paper said the mayor did not answer questions about why Boscov thought some of the loans were for Spencer's personal needs and not all for the campaign.
One does have to admit that is is nice for a rich guy like Boscov to loan a fellow like Vaughn Spencer $70,000, especially when Spencer stands to lose his $81,322 salary once he gets trounced in next Tuesday's primary. But, hey, if a promissory note is good enough for Alby, I could use a little dough to spruce up my crib. Where do I sign? I'd even spend the $70,000 in Boscov's Department Store to buy all the fixings.
The Eagle's he-said, he-said account of the flap provides plenty of wiggle room so as to not offend its Great and Noble Advertiser, but there is no explanation offered for why a "personal loan" needs to be included on official campaign documentation.