Given the way he handled his political campaigns, no one would describe John Raese as a gracious loser, and in those elections, he was only out $2 million or $3 million of his own money each time.
Now that he's losing a sweetheart deal for radio broadcasts of West Virginia University athletics, worth multi-millions over the years, not to mention the loss of prestige of having his radio network affiliated with WVU sports, it's no surprise Raese is going all scorched-earth.
Though some of his allegations date back a decade or more -- one wonders why Raese was not compelled to make issue of them at the time -- they probably warrant legislative review, even coming from the guy who wants to put lasers in space, and likens smoking bans to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany.
One pertinent point Raese and his legal team can't seem to grasp with the Tier 3 rights is that WVU is not purchasing anything -- it's attempting to sell the rights.
One of the alleged violations in Raese's motion for an injunction contends that, by law, WVU "is required to competitively bid contracts where the value exceeds $25,000 and award the contract to the lowest responsible bidder."
That would be true if WVU were the buyer, but in this instance, as the seller, it wants to award the contract to the highest qualified bidder.
As Attorney General Patrick Morrisey noted in his report on Raese's complaint in April, WVU could not be in violation of purchasing laws and regulations -- since it isn't purchasing anything in these circumstances.
As one contemporary noted, with Raese, all business is personal. Not only has Raese had ongoing feuds with WVU leadership over the years -- remember when he ran ads in 2003 calling for then-President David Hardesty's"reign" to end? -- but also has a long history of acrimony toward Drew Payne.
That dates back to when Payne worked for Raese's arch-nemesis, Arch A. Moore, Jr., at the Governor's Office of Community and Industrial Development in Moore's third term.
Finally, during the Board of Public Works meeting last week, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant announced that her office not only would be open on the West Virginia Day holiday, but would be serving pepperoni rolls from her native Marion County.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin jumped in to add that his office would also be open on the holiday. Asked by Tennant if he'd be serving anything, Tomblin said, "Coming from the South, we'll probably have biscuits and gravy."
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