One of last year’s most talked-about columns was the Dano Awards for Glaring Stupidity. It raked over the coals just about everybody who deserved it and probably a few who didn’t.
The 2010 awards column will appear sometime in December, after I go on holiday vacation to escape the heat that it no doubt will generate. This is your chance to weigh in with nominations, readers.
I’m looking for public acts of stupidity. In some cases they were committed by public officials; in other cases by private individuals whose stupid actions, unfortunately for them, became public.
In other words, the candidates have been in the news sometime during the year. Please confine your nominations to people in Southwest Virginia, except we”ll allow you to nominate state officials as well. And I always win one, too, so feel free to nominate me for any boneheaded move I made or wrote.
Your nominations should include:
1. Name of the individual and category (making up a category is allowed, and even encouraged).
2. A brief explanation of what they did to merit the award, and when they did it.
For example: In the category of Highest Ranking Official to Solicit Campaign Cash from a Con Man, the Dano would no doubt go to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who in August of 2009 begged for a contribution from the founder of a phony veterans charity, the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. The con man’s stolen name is Bobby Thompson. (This qualifies because the contribution didn’t become newsuntil this year).
There are two ways to make your nominations: as a comment posted here to this blog, or by e-mail me at dan(dot)casey(at)roanoke(dot)com.
Thanks for your help, bloggers!