On Thursday I crashed a party and had the experience of being physically blocked from a politician by a quick footed aid. I thought the incident was really funny, and I knew that a few blogs would link to Gabe's account of the incident, but the speed and distance at which the story spread surprised me. By now I'm so used to Joe Lieberman's open contempt for those who disagree with him that it's what I've come to expect. The biggest surprise for me, was that the people at the door didn't have the standard enemies list in hand.
Looking at the story through the filter of Ken Krayeske's arrest I have a better understanding of why our experience caught so many people's attention. Elected officials are voted in to represent us, even those of us who don't agree with them politically. The lengths which Joe Lieberman went through to avoid an encounter with bloggers was comical. The lengths which Governor Rell, or at the very least people acting on her behalf, went to avoid an encounter with one of her political opponents is frightening.
Many of you probably know Ken Krayeske from his comments on CTLP. He frequently contributed to threads, especially those pertaining to the Governor's race where he served as Cliff Thorton's campaign manager. I've never met Ken, but I am fairly familiar with his political views and affiliations. There is no reason for him to be on a watch list. The idea that he would attempt to harm Jodi Rell or anyone else is just crazy.
The most disturbing aspect of the story is that Krayeske was held on a $75,000 bail until Rell's ball was over, and then released with a promise to appear. Was there a concern that he might attempt to crash? And then do what exactly? The Courant article does mention a comment Krayeske made on CTLP about the ball, but he certainly didn't make any threats here or anywhere else that I can tell. That our tax dollars would be spent on keeping Ken Krayeske in jail for the duration of a party is also crazy.
Both Joe Lieberman and Jodi Rell have built their political brand on the idea of working across the aisle with those who don't necessarily share their views. This week we saw two more examples to counter that popular image. Lieberman's behavior was smooth but comical. In the end his actions didn't cause anyone harm, and we got a great post out of it. The same cannot be said about the arrest of Ken Krayeske.
Paziniokas, Mark. "State Called Man `Threat'". Hartford Courant. 1/06/07
Boy, Spaze. "Rell's World". Spazeboy. 1/06/07