Saturday, July 2, 2011

Another Pooka from Pookaville

Fans of the silver-screen -- and who among operatives is not? -- all remember the Jimmy Stewart classic Harvey. The title character, Harvey, a 6 ft tall invisible rabbit, is a species of pooka, an imaginary being that only Jimmy Stewart can see.

The reason your LakeCountyEye brings up this creature of folklore, is because a real live pooka has been, erm, observed here in Lake County. In fact, not just observed but chosen to complete Mark Beaubien's term. A non-existent being -- a pooka -- has been tapped by the local GOP to be the new 52nd District State Representative. According to the disgruntled public-sector pensioners at the McHenryCountyBlog ...
In a stunning decision, the committee of Republican Party leaders charged by law with selecting a replacement for State Rep. Mark Beaubien have selected the head of House Republican Leader Tom Cross' Appropriations Committee staff. The choice is Lake County resident Kent Gaffney.
Unknown Tom Cross Staffer Kent Gaffney Picked to Replace State Rep. Mark Beaubien
Your LakeCountyEye first suspected that Kent Gaffney was actually a non-existent pooka after reviewing the results of an unscientific poll conducted in the 52nd District: a whopping 100% of respondents had never heard of him. Although a legal resident of District 52, terribly informed sources say Gaffney, like Harvey, has never actually been seen in the district.

The selection of a ghost-legislator puts on ice another empty seat in the State legislature and it is speculated that the choice was necessitated by the Illinois GOP's commitment to smaller government. One terribly unnamed source told your LakeCountyEye, "phooey, what's the big deal, anyways, over one more empty suit down in Springfield representing Lake County?"


Another hilarious
LakeCountyEye Double Vision™
Look for your LakeCountyEye ... well, don't bother. Face it, you'd have better luck finding Harvey.

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