How the Old Grey Lady Made Me Cry

Dear New York Times,

My dearest, fairest, Old Grey Lady.  I am sad today.  I am sad because all of those Sunday Mornings with my brother and sister-in-law and their 3 sons in the living room of their 2 bedroom co-op in Queens....were wasted.  I could have been looking at QUALITY JOURNALISM from sources like the New York Post...or USA Today.  Yet, my family defended you...the Old Grey Lady...for it's quality, in-depth, and provocative writing / articles.  Articles on DNA, corruption in city government, one-on-one interviews with heads-of-state.

So, as the 2016 race for the White House begins...and the Republican Candidates line up like Rockettes... the New York Times came out strong about a chilling criminal revelation regarding GOP Senator Marco Rubio.  They exposed the junior Senator from Florida to be criminal of the highest order....he has a history of TRAFFIC TICKETS!!!

Here is the headline from the New York Times from June 5, 2015.....

Rubios on the Road Have Drawn Unwanted Attention

County records show Senator Marco Rubio and his wife, Jeanette, have been cited for numerous driving incidents over the years. 

How Senator Rubio is even still in office after this revelation is beyond me...4 tickets in his driving career? Shameful....

Wait a minute....Senator Rubio is the same age as I am (for the record, I am 29).  I, like Senator Rubio, have a driving record in Florida.  Since he has been driving, he has four traffic tickets on his record.  Do you know what I call that?  1990!!!  I got 4 tickets in 1990 in Florida!!! Can you imagine....what if I were running for President (which I am sure will be the subject of another blog post in the future)?  My traffic record alone would be a NATIONAL SCANDAL OF EPIC PROPORTIONS! 

So what am I getting at?  Well, in a time when the nation is really looking for a change in the political climate....when the country seeks media attention on the issues that govern the electorate....all without demagoguery...I had always hoped that established players, like the New York Times ,would stand out and rescue our country from 30 second sound bite syndrome.  And yet, here we are.

To My Old Grey Lady...tell me this was just a one time thing (like drinking Red Bull and Peach Flavored Vodka).  Tell me that when I wake up from this bad dream I will see real reporting on real issues that matter in our national political discussion.  You guys are above this type of are better than that.  

FOR THE RECORD:  Because I want Backroom Politics to be considered on the same level as the New York Times, I decided to investigate if Dr. Rand Paul and HIS driving record.  I called the Warren County (KY) Clerk of Courts...led by Brandi Duvall.  A couple of things...1) the folks at the Warren County (KY) Clerk of Courts are the NICEST PEOPLE...courteous and helpful and 2) Senator Paul has a clean record in Warren County, Kentucky.




Justin Russell

JUSTIN THOMAS RUSSELL currently serves as the Principal Director for RIALTAS PUBLIC STRATEGIES, LLC (RPS) in Washington, D.C. In his role with RPS, Mr. Russell is tasked with assisting his clients with Government Affairs and Advocacy, Campaign Strategy, Regulatory / Compliance Analysis, and Strategic Government Development for Businesses seeking to enter into the Government Business Sector. In a career spanning over 24 years, he has fostered strong relationships with leaders within the Federal Government in addition to state and federal legislators. Prior to creating RPS, Mr. Russell served as the Director of Corporate Strategy and International Affairs for Avaya Government Solutions in Fairfax, VA. His duties there included developing and executing the strategic vision of the company in the civilian government sector as well government / client relations. His organization included corporate marketing, proposal development, and focused on areas of growth that converge information technology solutions and communications with Government mission requirements. Previously, as the Director of Maritime and Border Security for General Dynamics Information Technology, he lent his knowledge to a team responsible for providing a wide-range of technological solutions and subject matter expertise. As a seasoned authority, he advised both government and private sector clients on issues regarding port security, border security programs, policy development, grant acquisition, and emergency response and preparedness. Prior to joining General Dynamics Information Technology, Mr. Russell was the president and managing partner of SPG/Florida Atlantic Consultants, a firm specializing in government affairs, emergency management, crisis communications, and community development. During his tenure, along with being a veteran of several political and grass roots campaigns, he collaborated with federal and state lawmakers on critical issues involving commercial maritime interests, energy and power generation, public safety, environmental protection and emergency management. He also worked closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Homeland Security on behalf of numerous public and private clients. Mr. Russell is a 12 year veteran of the United States Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve. During his tenure with the Coast Guard, he served in areas involving Law Enforcement, Alien / Migrant Interdiction Operations, Maritime Safety and Security. While acquiring enterprise management skills through business ownership, he also gained exceptional knowledge of legislative processes and procedures, appropriations, grants management, and government procurement operations at the state and federal levels. He has written articles for several publications and has been featured in articles for Homeland Security Today, Homeland Defense Journal and He is also a regular guest lecturer on Politics and Government at Georgetown University and American University. Mr. Russell currently resides in Washington, D.C.