Dave Weigel, at Bloomberg Politics, reports on how “The Campaign Finance Gyrocopter Man Describes His New, Surreal Existence“…
… Two weeks before the Washington, D.C. court hearing on his stunt—he was charged with a felony—Hughes is embracing his status as a spokesman for campaign reform. He’s declared solidarity with the Stamp Stampede, the reform campaign that marks money with warnings “not to be used for bribing politicians.” He’s been the focus of columns and front page stories about campaign finance as a “rising issue” in the 2016 elections. Buzzing over the Capitol lawn and drawing out a bomb squad actually seemed to cut through the pundit fog about how nobody cared about money in politics anymore…
In the meantime, Hughes was frustrated that the 535 letters he’d attempted to deliver to members of Congress had been impounded. So had the gyrocopter.
“The last word I got they were going to melt it down and make beer cans,” said Hughes. “I’m kidding! The last I heard, they’ve got it in a safe location and it may be evidence. I’m never going to do anything like this again–in case they’re listening on the call, let me be clear about that. The feedback I’m getting says I’ve lit a fire on issue of campaign finance and big money, so I’m going to focus on that.”
That didn’t mean he had happily parted with the gyrocopter. Ideally, as he focused more on public campaigning and visits to primary states, he could get it back.
“I’ve got blood invested in that machine,” he said. “I could go down a list of that machine, and how I built it. Everyone who’s worked on a machine has a piece of his soul in it. But I might not get it back. I knew that getting in.”
… which sparked a fifty-year-old memory of watching You Never Can Tell on late-night tv, and Dick Powell (resurrected German Shepard in human form) mournfully complaining to his (former race horse in human form) assistant that when the police released him in connection with the murder he’s trying to solve, “… they kept my biscuits, too!”
I wonder if that movie is worth rewatching?
Apart from cheap nostalgia, what’s on the agenda as we wrap up the weekend?