Cross eyed Mary goes jumping in again
This primary business is getting a little sticky in the Farris-Olsen/Caferro race. And well it should. Olsen represents a demographic of future leaders and committed activists who have grown weary of the Boomers and their same old same old. Meanwhile, cross eyed Mary has found her groove and is deep in it as she continues to present herself as the champion of those in need and the protector of all things related to the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services. Well, all things Human Services that is, that whole Public Health part is just more letters.
She signs no contract
So what of cross eyed Mary? What’s the big deal? Well, first there’s this problem of her character and whether she’s really who she would have us all believe she is. Single parent, up with her boots straps and champion of the poor and disabled. Those are all very fine qualities and to be that person also would assume integrity. Let’s go back to the 2015 legislative session when Mary teamed up with Disability Rights of Montana to wipe out a few hundred middle class union jobs by shutting down a much needed state facility where clients could actually feel safe. At that very same time cross eyed Mary was collecting her pieces of silver from AWARE and proclaimed NO conflict of interest. But who gets to make that call? In the world we live in today, Cross eyed Mary gets to make that call and we should all just be ok with it.
But she always plays the game
But what does the average Joe think about it? Seems like if some career politician stands to gain personally or professionally from some law they are trying to get passed that the average Joe or Jane might think to themselves ‘Well that ain’t right and it smells kind of funny too.’ But heck, maybe Joe and Jane don’t live in her district so who cares? Cross eyed Mary is banking on the good folks who live in HD 81 not to care either. But if Joe and Jane do live in HD 81 they should be wondering how much she cares about them since she doesn’t live in their district either and just wants another shot at more work for AWARE. Word has it that this time it’ll be Warm Springs Hospital.
She dines in Hampstead village, On expense accounted gruel
And then there’s her PR problem after losing the support of organized labor with just a couple of small exceptions, you know the ones who stand to gain from her reach across the isle. Cross eyed Mary made her rounds to Hialeah Park and 6th Streets to kiss the rings some time ago and beg forgiveness. She was instead, and rightfully so, banished to the ends of her district. Farris-Olsen has scored two key endorsements recently from AFSCME and the newly birthed 10,000 pound gorilla, the Montana Federation of Public Employees. There was never a doubt that those two would swing in that direction given that privatization of public services is an absolute no-no for public employee unions. After all, an injury to one is an injury to all. Unless, of course, you’re bedazzled in purple. Should Olsen prevail, and let’s all hope he does, the Montana Democratic Party may want to take note of these endorsements considering the lights glow in their office because of organized labor.
Hey, cross eyed Mary finds it hard to get along
Now give this a little thought. Cross Eyed Mary touts her long history of experience as a legislator, her understanding of budgets, her knowledge of human services and those less fortunate and above all else, her ability to reach across the isle. Then riddle us this Cross Eyed Mary, if that’s all true, why do you spend your time bemoaning the damage done by the recent budget crisis in Montana instead of coming to the rescue with all that power and clout? But hey, AWARE is coming out OK, again.
Hey, cross eyed Mary, oh baby, oh cross eyed Mary
‘Maybe all men got one big soul ever’body’s a part of.’