Bizarre self-promotion: it isn’t just for Ravenstahl and Trump

Some time ago, for reasons that I cannot now call to mind, I signed myself up for the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection press release e-mails. Most are notices that there will be mosquito spraying somewhere, or warnings of ozone action days. Some ballyhoo an environmentally related achievement or initiative of Governor Rendell, seen here gloating over his recent defeat of the Riddler, or of DEP Secretary Kathleen McGinty.

Today, however, this came through:

HARRISBURG ˆ Governor Edward G. Rendell tonight announced that a tentative budget agreement was reached with legislative leaders just after 9 p.m. Monday. The pact, he said, means nearly 25,000 furloughed state employees will return to work at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and transportation, including Pennsylvania‚s [sic] network of highways, bridges and mass transit systems, will be well-financed for the next 15 to 20 years.

I guess that isn’t really self promotion. I doubt Ed Rendell has ever read one of these press releases before it goes out. Still, this seems pretty inappropriate for the venue, what with having no mention of environmental protection, the Department of Environmental Protection, or mosquitoes.

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