Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restaurant with Yummy Food Gets Free Ad in Council Filming

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Restaurant with Yummy Food Gets Free Ad in Council Filming

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Byline: Ronald L. Littlepage, Times-Union columnist

Spinning around the news dial. . . . click.

We're accustomed to strange things going on at City Council meetings, but this has to rate right up there at the top.

At the end of council meetings, individual council members are given an opportunity to make remarks.

Given the fact that the council meetings are televised, these opportunities are often taken. Free face time on television, after all, is to a politician as candy is to a kid.

Usually the council members use their time to talk about such things as why they voted the way they did on a bill, to praise a particular program or to promote upcoming events in their districts.

But at last week's council meeting, Councilwoman Pat Lockett-Felder took the practice in a whole new direction.

She used her time to advertise a new restaurant that had opened a few days earlier in the Southside, a grand opening, by the way, that several council members attended as guests of honor.

Lockett-Felder held up the restaurant's menu and told the viewing audience that they should go there to eat, that the food was yum-yum good.

Lockett-Felder may be on to something here: council members moonlighting as pitchmen.

Council member: "I voted against the bill that would have outlawed apple pie because it was un-American and, for you folks out there in television land, if you're in the market for a good used car, there's no better place to shop than Ed's Motors on the Westside. That's Ed's Motors. They're dealing."

Who knows. Maybe council members could start wearing advertising logos and patches on their clothes.

Why should NASCAR drivers be the only ones who get to dress snazzy and make money, too?

Click.

So much for frugal Republicans being in charge of the Legislature.

Some estimate that this year's state budget as proposed by the House contains $300 million worth of turkeys -- projects legislators tuck into the budget to keep the folks back home happy and to better their chances of re-election -- while the proposed Senate budget has $400 million worth of turkeys. …

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