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Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Jackass councilman apologizes for remarks

Residents of Dallas City Council District 13, you should be aware that your elected representative is a complete jackass:
A City Council member apologized to the father of a Boy Scout after calling the teenager "Count Dracula" for erecting bat houses in a park. Ira Richardson said he has received an outpouring of support for his 14-year-old son, who built the houses as part of a project to earn an Eagle Scout badge.

After hearing about the project, Council Member Mitchell Rasansky voiced concerns during a neighborhood meeting. Rasansky also appeared at City Hall last week with plastic fangs and with a plastic bat attached to his suit.

In a letter of apology, Rasansky said he had "great respect and admiration for all Boy Scouts." Rasansky said he was only joking when he said the boy was from Transylvania and mentioned taking a "wooden stake and a cross" to the park.

Before you accuse me of being too hard on the jackass, it wasn't just an off-hand joke. He either went home and raided his kids' Halloween stuff or he went to a novelty store, and then appeared in an official capacity making fun of a Boy Scout's service project. Class act. The complete jackass was even given the chance to back down from his comments:
When told about the teenager's trauma, Mr. Rasansky, a former Boy Scout, had little sympathy. "I have enough people to take care of in my district. I don't need a colony of bats," he said. "We want people in our parks, not flying mice."
I don't know if I've made this clear, Rasansky, but you are a complete jackass. Congratulations to this future Eagle Scout. Achieving such an honor, especially at such a young age and in the face of mindless opposition, is something to be very proud of.

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