Monday, March 27, 2006

Today's Hoot!

I know it's early yet, but it's going to be hard to beat this one from the NY Post - 'COFFEE-SCALD' POL IN HOT WATER WITH SENATE:
STATE Senate officials are considering an unprecedented "censure" vote against violence-prone Queens Democratic Sen. Ada Smith, who was charged last week with throwing hot coffee in the face of an aide.

As soon as the latest charge against the erratic Smith became public, Senate officials began researching the possibility of expelling or "impeaching" Smith, but concluded that state law does not allow such dramatic action, a senior Senate official said.

State law does require the expulsion of a legislator convicted of a felony, but the latest charge against Smith - like one involving a confrontation with the State Police two years ago - is a misdemeanor.

"This has gone on long enough," said the Senate official.

"She's been out of control for years, and we have to take some action against her to recognize that if she's convicted on this one."
Gosh, what's ole ADA been up to?
In past incidents, Smith - often called the "Madwoman" or "Wild Woman" of Albany - was accused of menacing an aide with a meat cleaver and attacking a guest at a wedding party with a garbage-can cover. She was also once Maced after confronting a traffic officer in Brooklyn.
Sounds like she's the life of the party! This is good so far, but wait, there's more:
Smith allegedly threw "a cup of hot coffee into the eyes" of former staffer Jennifer Jackson of Albany on Tuesday morning.

The court papers said the senator also pulled a hairpiece from Jackson's head, causing a neck and shoulder injury and injury to her eyes.

Smith's office said Jackson no longer works for the senator.

According to the Albany Times Union, the incident happened after the senator returned from a Weight Watchers meeting and said she had lost about four pounds. Jackson responded she thought Smith would have lost more, given her active lifestyle.
Bwahaha! I guess that'll teach Jennifer not to suck up to a nutjob.