July 9, 2004
The Other Dick
Dick Riordan, the state's Secretary of Education and former Republican mayor of Los Angeles is in the hot seat. While attending a summer reading program in Santa Barbara, a little girl named Isis D'Luciano asked him if he knew that she's named after an Egyptian goddess.
Good 'ol Dick inexplicably replied, "it means stupid dirty girl".
Collective gasps and nervous laughter in the room. He apologized to the girl later, but the furor caused some groups to ask Riordan to resign.
According to Steve Lopez of the L.A. Times, this isn't the first time Dick has embarrassed himself, including the time he greeted hunger strikers outside of city hall while munching on a hamburger.
The Govehnuh chastised Riordan and sort of defended him a little--being that they're good friends--with no plans to give him the pink slip.
I think he should give Riordan a less visible position. Where they won't have to bring him out in public. Ever. Who knows what he'll do or say next?
According to the Sacramento Bee, Isis' mom Trinity Lila said the little girl was pretty cool about it:
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