Boulanger endorses Times endorsement not endorsing Boulanger
— by Jeffrey Wisniewski — 25 September 2012 — 4 comments below »
You cannot make this stuff up.1
Councilman Gerard Boulanger thinks very highly of the endorsements made by the Contra Costa Times — so highly it is the only endorsement worth endorsing. That is what he wrote to voters in his original run for council last year (emphasis added; screencap at bottom):
The Contra Costa Times endorsed me May 4th in their Editorial and I am proud of it. I am strongly against any other endorsement. I believe they are either not a real endorsement per se or based on a cultural/spiritual philosophy which I consider as a potential division in our community.
Of course, the Times eventually and famously rescinded that endorsement after the details of the very strange case of Boulanger’s fraud came to light. Boulanger had repeatedly lied about his education and political service history, although he referred to it merely as “recent confusion” in his mea culpa.2
And the Times has made good on their previous mistake by officially not endorsing Boulanger in his surpising and audacious run for re-election this year, in fact going out of their way to implore voters to “right the wrong”:
We decline to endorse the third incumbent, Gerard Boulanger. He won his seat in the recall election in part by lying about his past political experience and his education in his native France. We learned of his deceit just before the recall election. As we said then, he should have resigned once elected. He refused. So now voters should right the wrong.
Now that is an endorsement you take to the bank.