The Therapy Sessions
Tuesday, November 11, 2003
More Corruption In Philly
And this time, Mayor Street is not involved: Dining in style, thanks to you all! From the Inquirer's most excellent columnist, John Grogan:
"Table for two, please," I said.
The tuxedoed maitre d' led us past the wood-fired grill, the slabs of aged beef, and the iced tubs of imported Mediterranean fish to a linen-draped seating overlooking the Delaware River.
We opened our menus.
"Wow!" my wife said.
"Pay no attention to the prices," I told her. "This meal is on the taxpayers of Pennsylvania."
Or at least we could pretend. We were at La Veranda Ristorante, the unapologetically high-end eatery near Penn's Landing. It's where State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo (D., Phila.) managed to rack up $72,525 in dinner bills over a two-year period - 101 visits in all, sometimes with dozens of guests. Fumo charged it all to the people of Pennsylvania through a discretionary fund available to top legislative leaders.
The sad part is that no one will care. It's just expected in the city.