Monday, December 2, 2019

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Well, well, well, look who is hosting a fund-raiser for the new Central District Transportation Commissioner.


And you think local roads are bad now,   wait til they start designing them. 

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

It's coming. Let's hire consultants based off of race, not qualifications. It's worked so well for the City of Jackson.

Anonymous said...

CHECKS?! Wouldn't beer bags full of Benjamins be a little more subtle - damned autocorrect - suitable...or at least a little less traceable?

Anonymous said...

This is a shake down.

Black for a Living said...

Definitely going to have to tune in to the Kim Wade Show on 103.9 WYAB for the local colored commentary regarding these new developments.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if MAC and Associates are paying to attend? You know, since he is such a road builder and all. Certificates on the wall and such. I bet there is a very limited amount of Willie's friends that will pay the $1000-$5000 tab to attend. Only the teat suckers that have actually been somewhat successful.

Anonymous said...

Correct me if I am wrong, but the commissioner doesn't do the bidding or award the bidders with contracts, correct? It's just a $75k cushy job that is basically a political mouth piece if I am not mistaken.

Anonymous said...

1:10. Stand corrected.

Staff does most of the work, and makes the 'recommendations'. And MS Melinda has her thumb on the appropriate buttons.

But the Commissioners actually approve the contracts - bid for construction and 'negotiated' for engineering.

Anonymous said...

When whites were in charged and hire their friends/no or few minorities..no problem. Blacks get power and do same thing, it's racism. I believe Trump only has one black cabinet member, would that have worked if Obama one had one white Cabinet head

Anonymous said...

Yeah, well, I wouldn't give you the NPV of 40% annual discount rate for the next 12 months of McGrath's state earnings. The risk based return on that is about 120%.

Anonymous said...

So...following the logic of 12:46, Simmons' one vote overrides the two other commissioners, both of whom are white Republicans, ensuring that only IMS and other "unqualified" minority firms will get the lions share of MDOT work. LOL!

Fed up said...

What the hell! This committee filed with the Secretary of State at the end of October that it had collected $253,999 and disbursed $208,178, leaving cash in the bank of $45,822. This is a shakedown clear and simple. Senators practice this tactic with golf tournaments, etc and the grafters line up to shell out and buy favors. Looks like we are just continuing the pay to play except on a larger level. This is the reason Mississippi is a joke. It's past time to stop this crap.

Anonymous said...

So we're suddenly interested in knowing who is seeking influence with the transportation commissioner? Interesting. I wonder what changed?

Anonymous said...

So MS is the only state that still elects transportation commissioners. Hopefully the rest of the U.S. will realize the errors in their ways! Willie is just raising money from his base. Give him a chance before you start crucifying him.

Anonymous said...

Simmons has as much qualification for this position as I have to be a parachute packer for the military. He's been a state employee on the public tit since 1968. Count the years (51). All he wanted, and he got it, is four or eight more high years toward his golden PERS parachute. Never accomplished a damned thing in the legislature. If you disagree, name one.

Furthermore, his legacy daughter was just elected to his old senate position and her qualification is as a fry cook at their Cleveland restaurant, "The Senator's Place".

And the liberals bitch about Mississippi politics?

Anonymous said...

I wonder did Willie get this approved by Gub-nor Elect TaterTot since he was the one that funded Willie’s campaign.....

Anonymous said...

Oh God. There could be graft in the highway department. What's Mississippi coming to? We must change this system before this whole state goes down the drain. What's next?

Anonymous said...

I got a call at my office this afternoon; the caller ID said it was from IMS Engineers with a 318 area code. The guy calling said he wanted my address so they could send me an "invitation" to Willie Simmons' reception.

Anonymous said...

Before he won the election I told several people that IMS was fully behind him and chomping at the bit for him to get elected. Many more CROOKED contracts on the way to CROOKED IMS!

Anonymous said...

I'm caucasian. I voted for Willie. Had I known that IMS was behind him, I would not have. Truly disappointed. Not surprised.

Anonymous said...

Hey, 4:47, sounds like Simmons was at least as qualified as Dick Hall when he was appointed by Fordice. Both were career politicians without a background in highway engineering. But at least Simmons served on the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee.

Anonymous said...

This is just business as usual. The contractors / engineers in MS have always had a cozy relationship with elected officials. This IMS / Simmons reception is non-news. Go take a look at how much money the Road Builders raised for tater tot until they got mad at him. Then look how much they raised for Waller this year. MS came up with some crazy cultural tax rebate for an outlet mall owned by a contractor.

Anonymous said...

@1:43
Trump has 1 black cabinet member just like Obama had 1 black cabinet member. Surely you were just kidding or showing your ignorance in your post. That's common knowledge!... his name was Eric Holder.

Kingfish said...

Actually, 1:43, JJ has posted similar posts about white politicians and their supporters. There are also Caucasian engineers who drew this website's attention. But of course, you ignore all that.

Anonymous said...

@8:07 google Anthony Fox, Jeh Johnson, And Loretta Lynch

Then google other high ranking officials in the Obama administration like Susan Rice and Ron Kirk.

And then reconsider your statement about who is showing ignorance.

Anonymous said...

But, let's back up a few steps and answer this question: Why does a politician, having just successfully prevailed in an election, hold a fund-raising soiree in the first place?

What's the point of the fund-raising? I've never heard of such, black or white, AFTER an election. I'm also thinking the IRS will treat any money raised after an election, as income.

Anonymous said...

@8:56
Who gives a rats a$$ about what color they are. It's currently working well for all Americans... jobs... black unemployment is at all time low. 4 polls out this week show Trump with 33-34% black voter support. These are liberal NPR,Rasmussen, Emerson and NAACP internal polling. I'm guessing your aware the country has a 12.5% black population as a whole. Most people could care less the color. Look at Obama. He's half black and won. That's bc whites voted him in.




Ghost of Sam Waggoner said...

Never heard of a winning candidate taking up money AFTER an election. You'd think Willie had already hit the black churches hard enough prior to voting-day.

"We gone pave all you all country roads and goat trails. Word of honor. And that includes new mail boxes."

Anonymous said...

6:50 - You might want to revisit history. Fordice was never a career politician, never before having run for or held political office. He ran a construction business in Vicksburg with a primary contract of building Mississippi River Mats.

Anonymous said...

"So we're suddenly interested in knowing who is seeking influence with the transportation commissioner? Interesting. I wonder what changed? December 2, 2019 at 3:11 PM"

Maybe what changed is this being the first time in history a successful candidate has held a fund raiser AFTER winning office.

But that ain't nunna my bidness...

Will there be fish fries when the weather warms up a bit.

Anonymous said...

@6:50
Your either just new to Mississippi or just turned 12 and are on mommy or daddy's iPad.

Anonymous said...

7:31 - You may want to focus and re-read what I wrote at 6:50, since I wasn't talking about Fordice's quals. My post was about Dick Hall, who (when he was appointed by Fordice in 1999, then subsequently elected) was no more qualified to be Central TransComm than Simmons. I would argue that Simmons is slightly more qualified given his seat in the Senate Highway and Transportation Committee.

Anonymous said...

7:35, nonsense. Successful politicians hold post-election fundraisers all the time. Admittedly, most are supposedly to retire debt that the candidate incurred during the campaign, but they don't have to be. Non-issue.

Anonymous said...

@4:47 - "He's (Simmons) been a state employee on the public tit since 1968. Count the years (51). All he wanted, and he got it, is four or eight more high years toward his golden PERS parachute."

Then he's losing money by staying in a PERS-covered position. I guess he really can't do math.

Anonymous said...

@7:31AM
You may want to address your reading comprehension because nobody said Fordice was a career politician. They said Hall and Simmons are.

Anonymous said...

Not all engineers are like IMS, regardless of race.

Anonymous said...

It is very common to have a fundraiser after a successful election. Whoever said otherwise has absolutely no idea what they are talking about
.

Anonymous said...

Willie Simmons runs a successful restaurant in Cleveland. He opened it where a very good restaurant failed (ran by white folks for those obsessed with such details). Unlike many of his anonymous critics he actually has operated a successful business for years.

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