LOSER. Ron Klink
The former congressman seems reluctant to admit he works for a communications conglomerate known for its constantly rising cable rates and less-than-stellar customer service.
The Murrysville Democrat was one of five former congressional members recently identified by The New York Times as being registered Comcast lobbyists. There likely is considerable work ahead for that group, as Comcast seeks federal approval to swallow competitor Time Warner Cable.
Klink’s website, ronklink.com, doesn’t identify Comcast as one of his lobbying clients. But Klink does own up to working for lesser-known entities such as Beaver County and the Findlay Township Municipal Authority.
For being so secretive about his Comcast connection, Klink gets the loser label.
WINNER. Ann Collins Johns
The University of Texas at Austin art history instructor received a handwritten apology from President Obama after he dissed the value of art history degrees.
Johns fired off an email to the White House after Obama said during a recent appearance at a Wisconsin factory that people “can make a lot more, potentially, with skilled manufacturing or the trades than they might with an art history degree.”
Johns was stunned when an email response from the White House included a scan of the president’s handwritten note.
“Please pass on my apology for the glib remark to the entire (art history) department,” he wrote. “I was trying to encourage young people to be open to technical training.”
LOSER. Miguel Angel Revilla
The Spanish politician caused an international uproar when he was photographed on Monday staring at a picture of a naked woman during a regional parliamentary session. Revilla, former president of the Autonomous Community of Cantabria, was browsing a Playboy-type magazine that he apparently slipped into an official binder.
The photo went viral on Twitter and Revilla was slammed, in the words of the New York Daily News, “for being a perv while earning public money.”
Revilla offered the implausible explanation that he perused the magazine searching for an article on a former Spanish banking official.
— compiled by Trib Total Media staff