Friday, March 10, 2006

Whalen Inflates Role at National Center for Policy Analysis, Caught in Catch-22

Today's QC Times tells yet another tale of Mike Whalen's apparent confusion.

This article, titled "Ethanol Plans Stir Debate", gives us an insight into Mike Whalen's real role at the National Center for Policy Analysis.

As Whalen tours the District, he has been known to mention his position as Policy Chair at the Center.

Though the point of the article is that Kennedy thinks Whalen has flip-flopped his stance on ethanol (read the article, or Kennedy's press release if you care about this), the more interesting element brought to light is seen in this excerpt from Tibbetts' writing:

Sean Tuffnell, the center’s communications director, said its president and scholars determine policy direction, not the policy chair or board of directors. “That would not be something he had direct input on,” Tuffnell said. He said the board’s role is more a financial one.

While I find it interesting that Tuffnell claims the policy chair has no say in the direction of policy, the conclusion that must be drawn from this statement is that Whalen was given this title for some other reason, probably because he made a sizable donation. That is the board's role..."a financial one".

Whalen seems to be caught in a catch-22 here. Either he is now forced to quit exploiting and inflating his role at the Center, or he has to admit a drastic flip-flop on ethanol, and be seen as pandering to farmers though there would always be a suspicion he is not sincere in his comments to them.

Unfortunately, we have no clue as to what will happen, because Whalen's handlers declined to let him comment on the situation. Instead, spokesman Brian Dumas issued a response. This appears to be the trend when Whalen gets in a bind.

“Mike’s spent three decades working to promote Iowa agriculture,” Dumas said, referring to Whalen’s founding of Heart of America Restaurants & Inns. “While Brian’s been living in Tennessee and Washington, Mike’s been in Iowa.”

While I'm not sure how long Kennedy spent out-of-state, I don't for a second think it is right for Dumas to claim that Mike has spent decades promoting Iowa agriculture. Nobody will ever convince me that Whalen's decision to start a restaurant and hotel chain was done as a courtesy to struggling farmers. Whalen founded the Machine Shed and Heart of America for his own personal financial gain, just as any business owner or entrepeneur does. Anyone who believes otherwise is being played for a fool.

22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scoop -- you kind of echo what I said over on Krusty's blog today.

Mike Whalen is quickly becoming the joke of the Republican Party. He's like a sketch from Saturday Night Live.

1) I am for ethanol (subliminal message: I only like to acquire power, if I can become Congressman because of ethanol, I will exploit it shamelessly)
2) I don't remember giving money to Democrats (subliminal message, if it were cool to be a Democrat in the 2000's, I'd be running in their primary).

1:13 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop once again you scooped the dirt on Whalen.

I know this is too much to ask for, but would he please get the hell out of the way and let two realistic candidates hammer out this primary?

Mike Whalen is a joke. A fraud. A fake. He's the worst kind of politician, one who doesn't care what he said before, doesn't care where he's been, just craves a new toy, power. IF elected, which thank God won't ever happen, this guy would be an embarrassment.

You know what he reminds me of? An Illinois Governor. Shameless. Crafty. Say anything, do anything, and he thinks we'll believe it.

I am tired of this guy. I don't believe a word he says anymore.

1:51 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous Whale Harpooner said...

We need to go Whale'n.... For the good of the party, our Grand Old Party.

3:00 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Steve Canyon said...

Whalen is the kind of guy who would negotiate a deal with the United Arab Emirates to control the Mississppi Locks and Dams, and then tell us how dumb we are because we don't agree with him.

After all, he is incoporated in IL, and he went to Yale you know. That makes him really really smart.

Scoop, you're gonna need to change your handle to Dredge pretty soon...if he keeps peddling this stuff to unsuspecting voters, we'll need someone to keep brining up his inconsistencies.

4:47 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Hey 1:51:

Failin Whalen would make a GREAT Illinois Governor. After all, he 1) grew up there, 2) moved his business there, and 3) he's about to be taken down by the FEC for illegal corporate campaign activity for paying VE to do ads mimicking his campaign message but paid for by his company.

Is the filing deadline past? I think it is. But so is Mike's political career. Thank goodness.

6:22 PM, March 10, 2006  
Anonymous rchrjh2 said...

Burton:

Damn, that was pretty funny.

What do George Ryan, Rod Howeverinthehelldoyouspellhisname-ovich, and Mike Whalen all have in common?

They're all from Illinois and they're all crooked.

7:48 PM, March 10, 2006  
Blogger Burton Rider said...

Canyon:

Get your facts straigtht. Whalen didn't go to Yale. He went to Harvard. Yale was too conservative.

11:31 PM, March 11, 2006  
Blogger Maverick said...

Scoop:

I copied (and pasted) this from Krusty's site (allow me the copyright infringement). Is this true? Was he really in the mix on the first casino boat? I had no idea. With the tragedy that the lottery/casino/TouchPlay mess has become, it's no wonder why Whalen doesn't tell people about this:

On April 1, 1991, one of the first Riverboat casinos to sail that day from Davenport, Iowa, was the President Riverboat Casino. Do you know which candidate for Congress in Iowa’s first district was one of the original owners of the President? If you said Mike Whalen you are right. The truth is Mike didn’t get rich selling heart attacks on a plate at his dad’s restaurant. Nope, he scored the real dough that he used to build the business by owning a piece of the action at the casino. It is kind of funny how Mike left that chapter out of the official campaign biography.

4:22 PM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scoop: This seems to be not the only thing he's ever inflated. Apparently he's inflated the worth of the stock he used to own in the CASINO on Davenport.

This is the drill: he started the casion boat in Davenport as a limited partner. He gets crossways with the general partner. He asks for a buyout. He get pissed at the buyout offer. He sues. He loses. He appeals, but doesn't tell anyone. He lies, he loses Suit #2. He sues a THIRD TIME, and loses that too.

Now, does anyone else find it interesting that he can't "remember" giving money to Dave Nagle or the Democrats or Ross Perot, but he can remember every single red cent that he thought he was supposed to get from a gambling operation?

9:10 PM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF IOWA



No. 218 / 98-2070



Filed December 20, 2000





MICHAEL L. WHALEN,



Appellant,



vs.



JOHN E. CONNELLY, J. EDWARD CONNELLY ASSOCIATES, INC., Successor to DELLA III, INC., PRESIDENT CASINOS, INC., and PRC-IOWA, INC.,



Appellees.

________________________________________________________________________

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, James E. Kelley, Judge.



Appeal from order granting summary judgment on issue of conversion in favor of the defendants. Cross-appeal from order granting summary judgment on issue of malicious prosecution in favor of the plaintiff. REVERSED ON APPEAL AND REMANDED; AFFIRMED ON CROSS-APPEAL.



Mark McCormick of Belin Lamson McCormick Zumbach Flynn, P.L.C., Des Moines, and Martha L. Shaff and Jean Dickson Feeney of Betty, Neuman & McMahon, Davenport, for appellant.



R. Richard Bittner and Jeffrey S. Bittner of Carlin, Hellstrom & Bittner, Davenport, and Lawrence C. Friedman and Fernando Bermudez of Thompson Coburn L.L.P., St. Louis, Missouri, for appellees.



Considered en banc.



SNELL, Justice.

This is the third time these parties have been to the Iowa Supreme Court. This appeal involves enforcing the judgment from the first decision made by this court. Whalen v. Connelly, 545 N.W.2d 284 (Iowa 1996) (Whalen I). The judgment of the district court on the appeal is reversed. The judgment of the district court on the cross-appeal is affirmed.

I. Factual Background and Proceedings

Whalen I involved a dispute over how much Michael L. Whalen should be paid for his share of the riverboat gambling partnership with the defendants, collectively referred to as The Connelly Group, L.P. (TCG). Id. at 290–92. The district court held in a declaratory judgment that Whalen was entitled only to what TCG had originally offered to tender to him in 1993—$61,531.45 and 55,904 shares of stock. Id. at 292. Whalen appealed the judgment to our court arguing he was entitled to a more favorable buyout under the partnership agreement. We affirmed the declaratory judgment on March 20, 1996. Id. at 292, 296.

While the appeal was pending, Whalen sought the money and shares from TCG. In a letter of demand, Whalen informed TCG no appeal was pending. TCG knew this to be incorrect because it had already received notice of the appeal. TCG refused to surrender the money and stock because of the pendency of the appeal. Whalen’s appeal to this court in Whalen I was unsuccessful. By the time Whalen’s stock was delivered to him in May 1996, it had depreciated substantially. For this reason, Whalen filed the present and third appeal, which we will refer to as Whalen III, claiming a division of TCG illegally converted his property under the Iowa tender law, Iowa Code chapter 538, by keeping it until the appeal was resolved.

In the interest of providing a complete background we mention Whalen’s second appeal briefly. Whalen v. Connelly, 593 N.W.2d 147 (Iowa 1999) (Whalen II). This was a derivative claim. Whalen was again unsuccessful. Whalen II has no relation to the present facts or suit.

Whalen III revolves around Whalen’s assertion that John E. Connelly and J. Edward Connelly Associates, Incorporated (Connelly), a division of TCG, committed the tort of conversion by refusing to deliver the judicially determined buyout to Whalen pending his appeal in Whalen I. Connelly filed a counterclaim which charged Whalen with malicious prosecution for his suit in Whalen I. This appeal involves Whalen as the Appellant/Cross-Appellee and Connelly as the Appellee/Cross-Appellant.

9:10 PM, March 12, 2006  
Anonymous Michael Bolton said...

Here is some advice for Brian Dumas:

Turn state's evidence against Grubbs and Whalen before the FEC send you to; not a white collar resort prison, but a federal pound me in the ass prison.

Corporate contributions are a felony Dumas, you are too young and have a bright future (although dimming fast) as a Davenport Alderman to go down with those guys.

And for god's sake top regurgitating the Whalen spin and attack rhetoric for Mike, make him speak for himself. His AWOL candidacy makes you look worse than he does, and thats really saying something.

9:52 AM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to see Bolton's girlfriend on this blog.

However, he does offer good advice to Brian. Get out of there Brian. Do you want to be hitched to that sinking ship as it goes under in the Mississippi?

Hell, you're a congressional candidate in the making. Don't have this crap come back to haunt you in several years.

1:47 PM, March 14, 2006  
Anonymous Samir Not-gonna-work-here-anymore said...

Brian Dumas, candidate for Congress? Give me a break!

As I remember it ... Michael Bolton did not have a girlfriend in the movie. He was too busy kicking the fax machine and getting fired by the Bobs.

5:20 AM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Milton said...

I-don't-see-why-I-can't-sit-at-my- desk-and-listen-to-Whalen-campaign-ads-that-were-paid-for-by-the-Machine-Shed-on-my-am-radio-at-a-reasonable-level... (mumbles....)

I'll set the building on fire..

6:23 AM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Lawrence said...

Hey Peter Man,

Check out channel 9, check out this chick. Oh sorry man, I thought you'd like something like that.

Anyway man, Dumas for congress? I'm may only by a dry waller, but I know what a snowball's chance in hell looks like man.

Hey man, protect your cornhole.

6:28 AM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

isn't the swahili translation of "Dumas" = "Virgin Man Slave"?

12:39 PM, March 15, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nah, I thing you are on the wrong continent. My best recollection is that its a Mayan dialect that is the base for "Dumas".

But your translation is correct.

5:58 AM, March 16, 2006  
Anonymous Swingline said...

I wonder if we will ever get a response on this subject from the Whalen camp.

And by the way, the Office Space bloggers are knee slapping hilarious!

I love that movie.

8:32 PM, March 25, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Swingline:

Perhaps Whalen is getting "some" good advice after all. If you were Whalen, would you acknowledge any your infinite past work against Konservatives? I would'nt. I'd do just what Whalen is doing and pretend none of it ever happened and force Konservatives to make noise about it.

11:11 AM, March 27, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well it that is the plan from camp Whalen, then it is working.

Conservatives continue to talk about Whalen's past liberal tendancies, and the fact that he has no good answer besides "I don't remember" (perhaps a period of heavy drinking?) isn't gaining him any support.

7:03 AM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe he learned that from Nagle?

LOL

4:48 PM, March 28, 2006  
Anonymous Yoda said...

Perhaps Nagle and Whalen try Corellian Ale?

Ale make Yoda wake up next to Jawa, it did.

7:49 AM, March 31, 2006  

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