Congrats to Pat McCarthy, the Pierce County executive who’s also an executive grandma. She welcomed another grandbaby this week and now has eight in the nest.
Let’s hope P-Mac has an easier time remembering their names than she does the names of her department heads.
At this week’s County Council meeting, she passed a plaque to Gary Robinson, her budget and finance director. Robinson and his staff won the Government Finance Officers Association’s annual Distinguished Budget Award.
It’s like the Oscars for government budget wonks, and the county wins it pretty much every year. (Which is fitting because Robinson looks like Steven Spielberg.)
“I’d like to award this to Gary Alexander and his team,” McCarthy said.
There was polite applause from the crowd and a gracious smile from Robinson, despite his boss publicly calling him by the wrong name.
After Robinson thanked his staff, McCarthy returned to the podium with a whoopsy-daisy.
“I called Gary ‘Gary Alexander’ and it’s ‘Gary Robinson,’” she said, laughing.
She could’ve stopped there. Instead, she kept proving her slippery grasp of names.
“Gary Alexander is um what is he? uhhh ”
Robinson threw her a lifeline: “Former Supreme Court justice.”
Council Chairwoman Joyce McDonald joined the quiz show fun: “Former state justice and a state representative. They are two different people.”
In her defense, McCarthy had been up till 3 a.m. for the birth of her grandson, and must’ve been running on fumes. And at least she didn’t call him Gary Ridgway or Gary Busey.
Meantime, if there’s one county honcho she’d like to forget right now, it’s gotta be the sheriff. Bushy moustache what’s his name again?
But leave the muumuus at home: Tacoma City Hall is talking about implementing a dress code sometime next year. No word yet on what specific attire is in or out for city workers.
Whatever they decide, we hope it doesn’t put a crimp in the City Council’s annual Hawaiian Shirt Night.
Sofa surprise: We think those Columbia Bank TV commercials are cute. You know, the ones that show happy customers sitting and yakking on a couch that moves around Tacoma to distinctive spots, like Stadium High School and the LeMay car museum.
But it seems they might need to find some new shooting locations. Or at least a new couch — such as the one in the photo, sitting on the curb within crawling distance of the Schnozcave.
Watergate west: Just when you thought this year’s special election for a state Senate seat couldn’t go any lower, it might’ve reached new depths of pettiness.
As in, petty theft.
State Rep. Jan Angel’s legislative staff made a report to Port Orchard police this month that a rubber stamp with her signature was stolen from an unlocked drawer in her district office.
Estimated value: $25. Estimated value of mischief an enemy political operative could do with her signature: priceless.
Though not mentioned in the police report, her campaign spokesman tells us a few other things were missing: an award Angel received and a medallion given to her by a war veteran.
Also, most diabolically: a key to the restroom.
Nobody has alleged the involvement of her election foe, Sen. Nathan Schlicher — not yet, anyway. We’re meeting with our Deep Throat in a parking garage later today to see what he knows.
But this much is true: Schlicher has been seen wearing a mask and soft shoe covers that muffle his footsteps.
In the emergency room, mostly. But the next round of anti-Schlicher hit pieces could conveniently leave that part out.
That’s a lot of pumpkin pie: The Fair Formerly Known as Puyallup is in its final days of 2013, and by any name it wouldn’t be complete without the annual great pumpkin weigh-off.
Brian Halbert of Auburn took first prize and collected $1 for each of his gourd’s 1,314.5 pounds. Stan Pugh of Puyallup turned in a whopper weighing 1,252 pounds, taking home the $500 second prize.
They were the heaviest pumpkins in the fair’s 113-year history.
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