Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dimora quiet before cameras, chatty after they're gone

Tim Hagan called the roll on the Med Mart vote without asking Jimmy Dimora if he wanted to comment. Hagan must've known in advance that Dimora wouldn't. Dimora just delivered his "yes" with unusual resolve.

Dimora has turned quiet at the newsier county commission meetings when lots of TV cameras are around. But now that most reporters have left the meeting (I think it's just me and the PD's Joe Guillen now), Dimora's getting chatty and cracking jokes.

Right now, Dimora and Jones are hearing a report on the county's investment portfolio. After being told it's doing well, considering the recession, Dimora called out to Guillen. "How about a little balance there, a paragraph of positive news?" he asked mischievously. Then Dimora turned to one of the county's investment advisers. "You're like the ugly duckling in the British contest that sang that beautiful song. You don’t look like you know what you’re doing!"

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