Here is the lasted from the Korea Times on the evolving scandal involving budget and planning minister Byeon Yang-kyoon (who just resigned under pressure) and his lover Shin Jeong-ah:
Prosecutors are widening their investigation into a ``patrongate scandal'' involving a former top budget minister and senior aide to President Roh Moo-hyun. They are seeking to ascertain whether he used state funds to buy works of art in a ``sugar daddy'' arrangement through his 35-year-old romantic partner, who is accused of falsifying her academic credentials
Patrongate is my baby.
One of the editors at the Times emailed me yesterday asking about something they could put on with the suffix "gate" as a name for the scandal. The two things I could come up with between classes were "Patrongate" (which is pretty apt since it involves art) and "Sugar Daddygate" (which, while more accurate, is unwieldy).
I just wonder if the term will stick. It is certainly better than "Shin-gate," which is what they are using over at the Chosun Ilbo.
In related KTimes news, I was quoted some in this piece run back on September 4
Several RAK volunteers joined a member of Democrats Abroad to man a non-partisan voter-registration table at AmCham's annual Labor Day picnic. We would like to thank AmCham for giving us a table.
Despite the best efforts of our volunteers (including George Geddes, Lance Lee and Kurt Mohay), we only registered about 20 people. While that was not as many as we had hoped to help, I think we will be able to help many more in 2008 when interest is higher.
The day was warm and sunny. Because we signed on at the last minute our table did not have a shelter, which made our volunteers feel even hotter. We will have to get a tent the next time.
Thanks to our volunteer's efforts, out voter assistance total in now 60-70. While that is much less than what we did in 2004, we need to remember that we have never worked a mid-term election as an organization before.
Here are some pictures:
Lance Letter (center) and the Democrat's Gene Girth registering voters.
Kurt Mohay and George Geddes brave the heat at the registration table.
Lance and Kurt find the one guy at the picnic who is suffering through the heat more than they are. We will have to get one of those tents next time.