Naughty Nantkes

February 28, 2007 at 1:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Senator Danielle Nantkes was caught driving drunk on Valentine’s Day, and her constituents in Lincoln want her to talk about it. So far, however, Ms. Nantkes has been pretty quiet:

A Journal Star reporter made a face-to-face request Thursday for an interview. The senator said she would consider the request and respond that day. She did not. Nor did she return a phone call and e-mail asking her to address the concerns of her District 46 constituents interviewed by the Journal Star.

Politically speaking, her silence is foolish. Rule #1 in crisis management: never ignore the crisis by covering your eyes and pretending nobody can see you.

I don’t view DUI as a serious enough crime to justify Ms. Nantkes stepping down, nor do I hold any extra grudge against her because she refused to submit to impairment tests. But I do have a problem with a person hiding behind the shield of her office in attempt to ride out a storm. There is no respect in that.

Ms. Nantkes is probably very embarrassed right now, and she should be. But she should consider her humiliation part of her penance. The more forthright and graceful she is in accepting her embarrassment, the more likely voters won’t hold her crime against her over the long term.

Step up, Ms. Nantkes. Give the Journal Star its interview and make an appearance or two on local radio and/or television. It won’t be fun, but it isn’t supposed to be. It is too late for you to set a good example about responsibility and honesty. But at least you can avoid setting a bad one.

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Foolish 4sure February 28, 2007 at 11:12pm

Foolish her actions are for sure. What’s worse are all the B.S. bills she is introducing to “Pay” for her campaign.

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