|Rep. Brian Aldridge (R-Tupelo)|
Anyway, earlier this month, the courtroom drama continued, and we got a new defense out of Rep. Aldridge. Here's an excerpt from Patsy Brumfield's story on it that sums it up:
Chancellor Michael Malski, who asked his own questions during the hearing, seemed mystified that Brian Aldridge was the charity's chief executive officer for 15 years and never knew anything about its finances controlled by his father.Now, how was the money spent? Well, according to the article, on things like clothes, a cruise, a timeshare, and a trip to Hawaii.
"What you're telling the court is that you would rather look the other way as CEO of a corporation rather than buck your father?" Malski said during Brian Aldridge's testimony.
"I don't know if I'd say, look the other way," the state legislator said. "All I can say ... I just didn't put my focus there, I put my energy elsewhere, which was those camps."
If that's not the definition of fiscal conservatism, I'm not sure what is. And with his lengthy track record in the House (he came in with Philip Gunn in 2004), this man deserves to be in leadership.
This is a story that's likely to be with us for quite some time.