After Mayor-elect Jim Suttle stormed out of his "press conference" the other day -- the one where the press didn't get to ask any questions -- he left his new Communications Director to sort out the queries of those assembled.
We joked in a recent post that Communications Director-designate Ron Gerard must be longing for the days when he was a simple TV weatherman on KPTM.
How little did we know!
Upon a tip from a reader, we looked at what "Mr. Gerard" has been up to the past eight or so years. However, we couldn't find much because there's little on the web about "Ron Gerard", other than his time as a meteorologist at KPTM, and before that KETV.
But look under "Ronald G. Penzkowski", and you find much more!
(OK, this is going to be less exciting than we're building it up to be, but....)
It appears that "Ron Gerard" is simply the stage name for Mr. Ron G. Penzkowski. Around 2001, "Gerard" (which we will assume is his middle name), entered the business world, and has since been working as Owner, CEO and CFO of Pavilion Capital Group, "a wholesale mortgage banker and private equity group facilitator."
Apparently once Penzkowski, nee Gerard, entered the mortgage banking world, he didn't want people to remember his weather-dude moniker, so he ditched the TV name and went back to his Polish roots.
Penzkowski has, along with his American Meteorological Society Television Seal, a degree in communications from the University of Winconsin-Madison (or so says Penzkowski on his LinkedIn page).
So after leveraging his mortgage banking skills as Suttle's campaign Field Operations Director, Suttle gave him the gig as Communications Director.
And then somehow Ronald G. Penzkowski once again became...Ron Gerard.
Why? We don't know.
Because people would wonder why weatherman Ron "Weird Science" Gerard now sounded like he was writing about alpine bovine?
Because Gerard is shorter to write on the press releases?
Because he wants to further confuse his former mortgage banking clients?
Just chalk this one up to "Another day in the Suttle administration."
(If that is the Mayor-elect's REAL name....)
We were really hoping to leave the Samp story behind by now.
Suttle, frankly, did the right thing by admitting that he screwed up by not taking questions then doing some interviews on the subject. OK, great.
But can someone, based on any of the following news stories from the past three days, tell us Suttle's reason for rescinding the Chief of Staff offer to Matt Samp?
Suttle says caller wouldn't give details of Samp allegationsFinally, plowing through them, here's the best we got -- from WOWT -- but what's the answer here?
Suttle's screening efforts faulted
Suttle Does About Face After News Conference 'Mistake'
Mayor-Elect Criticized For Snippy News Conference
So we asked if it's gossip, why fire Samp?So we are to understand that as long as someone makes an allegation against a member of the Suttle administration, that's good enough for firing???
"It doesn't make any difference whether it's perception or reality -- treat them the same," says Suttle. "It's time to part company and I did."
Samp told Suttle he didn't do anything wrong. So what's the reason?
And frankly, if the reason is "there's a rumor out there", that is as flimsy as it gets.
We'd like some closure here from the Mayor-elect, but this just ain't it.