posted at 8:01 pm on October 18, 2016 by John Sexton
Talk about your campaign metaphors. A DNC bus wrapped with a photo of Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine and sporting the “Forward Together” slogan dumped human waste down a storm drain in Lawrenceville, Georgia.
A hazmat crew was called out to clean up the mess. They discovered a highway covered in toilet paper and a “foul smell.” Unfortunately for the DNC, businessman Mark Robins witnessed the dumping and took pictures with his cell phone:
— Rebekka Schramm (@SchrammCBS46) October 18, 2016
A storm drain is designed to collect rain and funnel it into lakes or streams so it doesn’t flood the streets. It is a separate system from the sewage lines that connect to bathrooms in homes and businesses. Lawrenceville even has a stenciling program designed to remind people that anything poured in a storm drain winds up in the nearest body of fresh water. Dumping sewage in a storm drain is an “arrestable offense” according to Lawrenceville police. The Georgia State Environment Protection Department is now investigating the incident.
After the initial report ran on CBS46, a regional DNC spokesperson issued an apology saying, “This was an honest mistake and we apologize to the Lawrenceville community for any harm we may have caused.” I’m curious how this could have been a mistake, honest or otherwise. Any bus driver for this type of vehicle knows it’s illegal to dump human waste in a storm drain. And the bus clearly didn’t line itself up next to the storm drain by accident.
I’m not suggesting team Hillary had anything to do with this dumb and illegal decision, but it’s a pretty good metaphor for a candidate who clearly believes the rules set up for others do not apply to her.