Pittsburgh’s Urban Redevelopment Authority settled today with Pat Ford, its former executive director, by agreeing to pay him approximately $90,000 in salary plus benefits to close out his employment contract nearly four months early, forego a potential lawsuit and end what had become a bitter public standoff.
The URA’s payment to end Mr. Ford’s tenure there consists of Mr. Ford’s salary through June 2009, six months longer than his contract to head the agency.
Former press secretary Alecia Sirk also to receive a “settlement”.
Can I give you both a nice long slow deliberate clap? You did something wrong and you kicked and screamed and held your breath and shouted “I HATE YOU, MR. POOPY PANTS!” until you got what you wanted, and managed in the process to NOT get what you totally deserved.
I mean, really, BRAVO!
I toss dead roses at your nasty Gollum feet.
I had an IM interview with a local publication yesterday, and the interviewer asked me who I can’t stand in the local scene. I listed the usual suspects (Hiya, Steely!) but I kept having this nagging feeling that I’d forgotten someone.
How remiss of me!
I forgot to say, “And topping that list is Pat Ford and Alicia Sirk, who claim they are persecuted public servants who have the city’s best interests at heart. Who did unethical and really really dumb things, shady things, and cried and whined about it and used words from the Bible to make it seem like they were being martyred and then they went and asked their friends, friends with city contracts to give them money, and then they took a giant lump of money from the city taxpayers because, you know, they LOVE THE CITY and its people and that’s why I’m sure they threatened to sue the pants off the city. Instead of just, you know, being decent upstanding people and going to find another job.”
But I forgot to say that. So you won’t get the shout-out you were meant to get in the interview and for that, I am truly sorry.
So let me shout it out right now. You are a disgrace to this city and the people. You are a disgrace to honesty. You are a disgrace to what it means to be a public servant. You are both egotistical, unethical, narcissistic thieves and when the karma boomerang hits you upside the head, I hope it circles around again to give it to you twice.
And how lucky are you that you threatened an administration that can be threatened and on which you likely have some compromising information? Because had this happened in a Choke-A-Bitchocratic administration in which PittGirl was mayor, and your threats landed on my desk, I’d have channeled the Matrix, stretched my arm out, flipped my hand opened, and then beckoned you with bent fingers while breathing, “Bring it.”
You’re the next Annoying Burghers and your crowns are in the mail and by crowns I mean “the door.” Use it.