Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Maybe he was just afraid of getting shot in the face?

The guy running as the Republican for a U.S. Senate seat from New Jersey, Tom Kean, Jr., deliberately got “caught” in traffic so he wouldn't be seen with and photographed next to Dick Cheney.

At his own fundraiser!

Kean and his people deny it was deliberate and say it was because he was in Trenton all day, voting as a state legislator, and then, on his way to his own fundraiser, let me remind you, got caught in that darn Jersey traffic. He arrived 15 minutes after Cheney had left the premises.

The senatorial hopeful spoke to The Times, which reports:

As soon as the Senate wrapped up, around 4 p.m., he traveled north “as quickly as I could." But instead of taking the New Jersey Turnpike, like any regular commuter between Trenton and Newark, he and his driver chose Route 1, which is usually crawling with bumper-to-bumper traffic at that hour.

Mr. Kean said he did so because there were delays on the Turnpike in the morning. But at 6 p.m., there were no reported delays between Exit 7A, not far from Trenton, and the George Washington Bridge, according to the Turnpike's Web site.

And Anton Peters, an executive producer at Shadow Traffic, said that Route 1 was relatively trouble-free on Monday afternoon, with the only significant problem a northbound accident near Linden that was cleared up by 2 p.m. "If he was going north, it wouldn't have affected him," Mr. Peters said.


Cheney and Bush are incredibly radioactive in a big swatch of the country these days. In N.J., a pretty reliably blue state, their approval ratings are probably well below that of one of the state's most famous “citizens,” Tony Soprano. Even after he strangled that guy while taking his daughter to check out colleges.

I'm not sure if Tony has ever shot a guy in the face, but we know Dick has. No wonder they're running from him.

UPDATE: Someone quickly reminded me that Tony shot his cousin in the face. But I bet he's still more popular than the Dick.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

hehe - I was just going to comment that remember Tony shot Steve Buscemi (sp?) who played his cousin. But that was because the NY mob was going to torture and kill him, and Tony didn't want him to suffer. Dick probably would have wanted him to suffer! :)

Anonymous said...

Did you see the Sopranos this weekend? That was a strange episode. I dont know if I like the dream sequences so much.

Anonymous said...

I thought it was pretty good. It was interesting seeing how his life might have turned out if he hadn't been in the mob.

J said...

Not to get into a Sopranos thread here, people, that was just an offhand reference I made because the Cheney thing happened in Jersey, but I had mixed feelings myself on the episode. I'm not a huge fan of dream sequences either, but it wasn't really a dream, per se. Tony was shot badly, is close to death, and there are all sorts of strange theories going around – that he is in fact dead, and that's him in some sort of purgatory, on his way to hell. Remember when he was at the hotel bar (as the other Tony Soprano) in Costa Mesa, and asked the bartender if anything was going on around there, and the bartender said something like – “Here? It's dead.” There were some strange references to infinty (the car, the guy's name whose driver's licence he accidently had). Also, for a mob boss, living a life as a “civilian,” a working schlub who sells at conventions, that could be hell. Now, if he is to die by the series' end, I sort of figured it would be in a more dramatic manner than getting shot by his crazy old uncle, but who knows?

Anonymous said...

That's an interesting theory jbk. I hope that's not the case. I would hate that to be the way the show ends...

Anonymous said...

jbk I'm amazed you didn't drool over Meadow this time! :)

Anonymous said...

I think Aderianne is suposed to be coming back in a dream this year too!

Not a hipster said...

I've never had HBO, so I've always had to wait until series ended to rent them--Sex and the City, Six Feet Under...I think I need to start Sopranos.

JBK, is there previous references to Kean not liking Cheney?

J said...

not a hipster - I don't know if there has been any previous contact between Kean and Cheney, as far as Kean stating he doesn't like him. Given NJ's leanings, this was probably the best thing he could have done to avoid a photo that would no doubt have been used in an ad from the Dem side.

And The Sopranos is really, really good, probably the best show on TV and it lives up to all the hype it gets. You should definitely check it out. HBO does some good work.

Anonymous said...

I never heard the theory that he's really dead already jbk. That's different than a dream sequence but I'm not sure I like it any better.

Anonymous said...

The best episode ever was when Christopher and Paulie got stuck in the Jersey Pine Barrens looking for the Russian guy!

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