Blame the media game | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Blame the media game

Posted By on Sat, Jul 4, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Andrew DeMilllo's weekly political analysis is about Ernie Passailaigue and his complaints about media emphasis on "negative" things in his startup of the Arkansas lottery. You'd think he'd be enough of a veteran politico as a former senator and gubernatorial candidate to give that tired line a rest.

But he goes from cliched to insulting when he turns to another refuge of political scoundrels -- saying people just don't understand the intricacies of his business when they criticize.

I understand this much: Arkansas will have three of about the top 10 paid lottery officials in the country for a lottery that, once it's running, will be among the country's smallest. I understand that lotteries aren't rocket science. International vendors will do most of the heavy lifting. Experience in establishing outlets, delivery of tickets, etc., is much to be desired, of course.

I do hope he was joking when he said he didn't know if he'd get a bonus if the lottery is up and running within the time forecast. His $324,000 Arkansas pay, on top of the $100,000 we enabled him to draw instantly in retirement, plus a car, etc. seems ample. We front-loaded his bonus.

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