Brian Davis is Doomed

It's all politricks . . .

It's all politricks . . .

The Buffalo News is reporting that Ellicott District Common Councilmember Brian Davis lied about his educational background.  Davis, who is in the midst of a scandal over writing bad checks to city-licensed delis in his district, had claimed to have received a degree in political science from Trinity College.  The News’ Jim Heaney investigated and found that the 10 colleges with “Trinity” in their name had no record of Davis graduating:

Common Council Member Brian C. Davis says he has a degree in political science from Trinity College.

But none of the 10 colleges in the nation with Trinity in their name says Davis has graduated from their school.

The revelation follows publication of a Buffalo News investigation last month showing that Davis has a history of financial irresponsibility that has resulted in the state freezing his campaign accounts, suspending his driver’s license and suing him for unpaid taxes. Davis also has had 10 liens or lawsuits filed against him after creditors said he failed to pay his bills.

Council President David A. Franczyk, after being informed of The News’ latest finding, convened a meeting with an attorney from the city Law Department and Council Majority Leader Richard A. Fontana and President Pro Tempore Michael P. Kearns to discuss what, if any, powers the Council has to investigate Davis’ conduct.

This really should be it for Davis.  Back in 2001, newly-hired Notre Dame football coach George O’Leary was fired when it was revealed that he had lied about his academic credentials on his resume.  There are plenty of similar examples from other walks of life.  If lying about credentials can disqualify someone from coaching football, shouldn’t it disqualify someone from a position of real public trust?  Or do we grant our public officials a licence to lie to us?  Wait — don’t answer that question.

Finally, I’d love to see Heaney do a similar investigation into the background of the rest of our top city officials.  For one, it would blunt any accusation of bias (and you know that’s coming).  But I suspect we’d find out more interesting truths about the folks who’ve conned the public into letting them lead them.

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