Former Sen. Dick Swett Unavailable for Comment

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

From my native Hoosier state:

A former Indiana mayor who won over voters in the 1930s is proving less popular with modern city leaders trying to choose a name for a new government center.

Harry Baals (bawlz) is the runaway favorite in online voting to name the new building in Fort Wayne. But Deputy Mayor Beth Malloy tells The Journal Gazette that the city probably won’t name the center after its longest tenured mayor because of the jokes it could inspire.

No business sense, these testy politicians. T-shirt sales to the frat guy market alone could probably fund next year’s city budget.

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14 Responses to “Former Sen. Dick Swett Unavailable for Comment”

  1. #1 |  Mike | 

    If there’s anything I hate, it’s these testes politicians.

  2. #2 |  nospam | 

    Okay, when is Congressman Pat McGroin going to get some love? How about Governor Jack Coff?

  3. #3 |  Marty | 

    it would be so perfect if Mr Baals was a member of the Tea Party…

  4. #4 |  Joe | 

    This really never gets old.

  5. #5 |  Judas Peckerwood | 

    “Former Sen. Dick Swett Unavailable for Comment”

    Just for the record, while Swett served two terms in the U.S. House, he narrowly lost when he ran for the Senate.

  6. #6 |  nando | 

    This would be the second thing named after Mr. Baals. There must always be a pair of Harry Baals.

  7. #7 |  Burdell | 

    This reminds me of the time they put blue tarp on the domed roof of the house and senate chambers of the Florida Capitol Building.

  8. #8 |  StrongStyle81 | 

    Daily Show was all over this the other night in one of their funniest segments in history. I for one, would love our government more if there was a municipal building named after Harry Baals.

  9. #9 |  Kevin Carson | 

    “The war is over! Oh, Beauregard, think of the balls we’ll have!”

    “Why, you’re too young to be thinkin’ them thoughts, Beulah Balls–I mean Beulah Bell!”

  10. #10 |  EH | 

    God forbid they have a sense of humor about it.

  11. #11 |  KBCraig | 

    Just so you know, Dick Swett and his wife Kat Swett are both current or former state reps.

    No confirmation is available if their campaigns were financed by Schweddy Balls, as featured on SNL.

  12. #12 |  Boyd Durkin | 

    There’s always Rep. Richard Head.

  13. #13 |  albatross | 

    At least the Dick Arm(e)y has at last retired from the field.

  14. #14 |  Zeph | 

    Politicians, like demons, are reknowned for lacking a sense of humor. Laughter terrifies them. Ridicule is unthinkable.