As if the thrashing he received in November's elections wasn't enough to send a message to former North Tonawanda Mayor Larry Soos that the taxpayers had enough of his shenanigans, Soos is looking for new and innovative ways to stay on the public teet. Yes, just seven weeks after finishing his term as one of N.T.'s most underwhelming mayors in the city's history, Soos has filed for unemployment insurance through the city.
I hate to be the one to break the news to Soos, but elected officials who lose an election are not eligible for unemployment benefits. How he would not know this is somewhat curious. The other option is that he did know, but chose to move forward with the application anyway, hoping no one would catch on. Neither scenario paints a positive picture of Soos.
Of course, this is far from the first time that Soos has shown that he's out of touch. After all, it was Soos that gave us the infamous line while appearing on LCTV that the people of North Tonawanda are happy with their taxes, as seen in the video below. That video and quote were a big part of the campaign against Soos throughout last year's election. And on election night, Soos was baffled as to why he had only garnered 35% of the vote.
Soos should look at it this way: he was fired for cause by his employer, the people of North Tonawanda. You can't get unemployment insurance if the actions that got you fired harmed your employer deliberately. Obviously that's the perception that the people of N.T. had of the former mayor on election day.
As for Soos, well, you keep on being you, Larry. In the meantime, we'll hold on to that $400 a week for someone who legitimately needs it. Of course, maybe that Hope & Change thingy will work some of the stimulus funds your way. Hey...you never know.