See, unlike real-life incest, everything on record is perfectly legal as long as the players follow the letter of the law, though buying that line takes a certain suspension of disbelief on the part of an observer. Paying a political heavyweight $175 an hour just to run media campaigns and set up press conferences sounds about as believable as a hippopotamus in the Schuylkill.
So, is the system rigged or not? Well, Butkovitz was widely panned by his opponents during his 2009 re-election campaign for giving a powder-puff audit to the Parking Authority. And Kenney over the past few years has proposed handing off to the PPA regulation of tow-trucks, vehicle business licenses and private parking lots. Then it was Perzel, of course, who engineered the state takeover of the authority in 2001 and facilitated its massive expansion and forays into red-light cameras, taxi and limousine regulation and the Live Stop towing program. Connect the dots: O’Rourke’s biggest clients all are working to expand or protect the Parking Authority, his best client of all.
But surely, there’s no real collusion here. No conflict of interest, not even as Kenney, Butkovitz, O’Rourke and the PPA perform a cabaret kick line while singing a rousing chorus of “I’m My Own Grandpa,” while the whole production’s paid for with your money. It’s just business as usual. It’s what we do in Philadelphia.
Employees in City Controller Alan Butkovitz's office are walking on eggshells after two separate incidents in recent months involving the use of naughty words resulted in the firing of one auditor and the investigation of another dozen employees.