I told Morrisey I suspected he was having trouble finding enough trinkets to stage even a small fire, let alone a bonfire, and he stammered without giving an answer.
Perhaps Morrisey will borrow a page from George W. Bush, when he was unable to find Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction.
Speaking of Morrisey, one of the unintended consequences of the transition is that there is a huge backlog of state contracts waiting to be approved by the attorney general's office.
Under state purchasing law, contracts for $25,000 or more have to be approved as to form by the attorney general's office, to verify that the contracts are properly signed and documented, and that any terms or conditions in the contract comply with state law.
The deputy attorney general who oversaw state contracts, Dawn Warfield, left the attorney general's office shortly after the November election.
According to the state Purchasing Bulletin, the last state contract approved was back on Dec. 28.
Bray Cary's West Virginia Media has a reputation for paying notoriously low salaries, which may explain why Steven Allen Adams left WOWK-TV, where I think he was a producer/photographer, to become the "constituent outreach specialist" for the state Senate.Adams' salary is $28,500 -- or $1,500 a year less than the Senate paid Tim Ward, the previous constituent outreach specialist.
Finally, a sharp-eyed reader pointed out that, in the "On the Town" pictures from the gubernatorial inaugural ball, there is an object of some sort in the jacket pocket of Delegate Danny Wells' tuxedo.
After keen observation, magnification, and consultation with those whose eyes are in better working order than mine, the consensus is that it's a bottle of Corona beer.
(At least it's not jumbo shrimp, which is a story for another column.)
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.