|The Evil Undead Zombie of Abraham Giles has come back to terrorize Hartford once again.|
Are we the only ones who are completely appalled by the idea that an admitted extortionist, the late Abraham "Butt Ugly" Giles, is very likely to have a street corner named after him in Hartford? No? Good.
We know it's not good to speak ill of the dead, but this one really deserves it.
Hartford city councilwoman Cynthia Jennings proposed that the corner of Main and Windsor be named "Abraham Giles Way." At first we kind of ignored this issue because it seemed so bat-poop crazy, but there was a bizarre outpouring of support for the idea at a public hearing earlier this week. So unless we get some serious public outcry going here, a guy who sold our city out for his own gain will get memorialized. And that just feels so very wrong.
For those wondering why we here at Sad City Hartford so despise an old, dead guy, the Courant provides a nice recap:
Mr. Giles got city contracts, often on very friendly terms, to run parking lots, move and store the belongings of evicted tenants, even to deliver voting machines to polling places on Election Day.And we're naming a street after this guy? What could Councilwoman Jennings possibly say to defend this insane idea?
Charged in 2010 with two felony extortion counts in the Mayor Eddie Perez corruption scandal for demanding that a developer pay him $100,000 to abandon a parking lot, Mr. Giles ended up pleading guilty to charges that were knocked down to misdemeanors. He said he "didn't want to die a felon."
|*This is an honest-to-freaking-goodness quote from Hartford City Councilwoman Cynthia Jennings.|
Unless we do something to stop it, our Sad City is about to get just a little bit sadder. What can you do to help? Pass this story around on Facebook and Twitter. Tell people how screwed up this is whole thing is. Contact our Mayor and City Council members. Shine on a light on this nonsense. Don't let our city be further tarnished by this insanity. Speak out now or Hartford's version Clay Davis will be forever honored. Sheeeeeeeit.