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The Ventriloquist and City Council Members

Maybe I have a warped sense of humor but I loved this story.

Several City council members from around the state traveled to the State Capital to attend a special economic summit sponsored by the Governor’s office. On the last night of the summit six City Councils attending – and who had just met at the summit – decided to go out for a night on the town before returning to their homes the following day.

Walking down the street they entered a fancy nightclub not far from their hotel that had a sign announcing ‘Live Entertainment’. Upon entering the nightclub they saw a ventriloquist on the stage and decided to stay. Since the club was fairly full the hostess seated the six of them at a table near the back of the room.

Within minutes the ventriloquist was informed that a group of City Council members had just entered the club so he quickly began spouting out a routine that involved every joke or humorous story he knew about local government and local public officials. After five minutes of nonstop local government jokes one of the City Council members could not take it anymore. He stood up from the table and shouted as loud as he could “I’ve heard just about enough out of you and your dumb government jokes. What makes you think you can stereotype all public officials that way? We work hard for our constituents and we try our best to make the right decisions for the communities we serve. People like you who make jokes about government perpetuate the myth that local public officials are out of touch with reality and don’t know what they are doing in their elected offices. In fact, comments like yours make it impossible for us to gain any respect and they discourage good people from stepping up the plate and running for local public office.

The entire room went silent – you could have heard a pin drop. The ventriloquist was obviously embarrassed by the City Council members comments, stood up and faced the City Council member. He began to offer a sincere, heartfelt apology but the City Council stood back up and cut him off. “Sir, sit back down I wasn’t talking to you I was talking to that little wise cracker sitting on your lap”.

Courtesy of Local Government Humor

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