|Starts with a Bang!, Ethan Siegel|
Read this now; the whole thing, now.
But just for now:
"Honestly, I have a lot of respect for [Robert Gigliotti]," said Mr. Bodziak [a competing valet owner]. The hard-knuckled, who-you-know aspect of his success "kind of comes with the territory. ... In my opinion, it's how the business works." (P-G, Lord, Navratil & Balingit)
I wonder how Mr. Extravagante Valet himself would describe what is being described in this Mayor-businessman relationship story. Hard knuckles indeed, or a comforting embrace? Who you know, or how you know them?
It will take a careful and much longer post to properly unpack everything.
Wait for it.
But for now, as far as we know this started with bid-rigging, and I think we would all like it to end with bid-rigging. Right? And so end the bid-rigging, pernicious bid-rigging, apparitions of bid-rigging. That is something on which we literally almost all can agree.
RELATED: Robert's uncle appears to have been late State Rep. Frank Gigliotti (P-G, Tim McNulty) unless there were two Anthony Gigliottis in neighboring Banksville and Greentree, each with their own ties to City government.