The Twidiocy: Manny Montenegrino
Laws severely interpreted and applied to Conservatives:
1. Michael Sona – young volunteer- minor Elections violation- JAIL
2. Dean Del Mastro – using $20K of OWN money – minor violation – JAIL
3. Senator Duffy -minor expenses – 33 Criminal Charges.
–Manny Montenegrino, @manny_ottawa, Dec. 23, 2017.
There’s one glaring omission from that list of Tory delinquents: A chap by the name of, er, Manny Montenegrino. We can only presume that modesty prevented Manny from mentioning the shameful persecution he suffered in 2008.
In the event, the coruscating legalist was hauled up before the Law Society of Upper Canada discipline committee for his creative billings to the City of Ottawa.
Manny claimed he’d been supervising junior lawyers at his firm, Lang Michener, to ensure the work was actually done. But his colleague, Daniel Leduc, testified that the “internal meetings” had actually never occurred. Manny billed the city anyway, to the tune of $24,525.
For years, Manny dined out on the fact he once represented Steve Harper in a minor civil suit. But when his bogus billings caper came to light, Manny shut his cake hole.
“I did not want the media there [at his LSUC hearings] every day, misreporting things, because the media tend to do that,” he told the Law Times in ’08. “I know that the story is the prime minister. When I get a parking violation, it’s the prime minister’s lawyer that got a parking violation. I understand, and everyone’s having a field day on it.”
At his hearing, Manny essayed the classic “blame-the-secretary” line, the same defence later deployed, with greater success, by the aforementioned M. Duffy.
According to Manny, it was all the fault of his assistant for not being on the job because she had cancer. If he was guilty of anything it was being too easy on her in her time of trouble.
“My thinking was that I did not want her in her dying bed to think that I replaced her, to affect her morale, so I used another secretary that I wasn’t accustomed to,” hence the billing “mix-up.”
Despite his manifest innocence, LSUC dealt Manny a two-month suspension and a $5K fine.
These days Manny wiles away his retirement on the golf course and foaming on Twitter about the Liberal menace.
Alas, 72,900 tweets later, Manny has a mere 10,200 bots (dedicated followers, shurely?!—ed.) for a Frank Futility Index rating of .139, worse even than former journalist Joe Wormington–(that’s enough Tory twats!–ed.)