Tuesday, February 03, 2009
Mayor Michael Bloomberg met a recalcitrant constituent up-close and personal Monday morning in Staten Island. Chuck the Groundhog was clearly not interested in the Mayor's Groundhog Day photo-op. He bit the mayor’s left hand, his piercing teeth penetrating Mr. Bloomberg’s fancy black leather gloves.
The New York Times describes the Mayor's moment, sounds like he got what he deserved,
"As cameras rolled and the crowd took in the event — a local imitation of the Punxsutawney Phil tradition — Chuck at first refused to come out. Children chanted his name to no avail. Mr. Bloomberg seemed to realize that the reclusive rodent was spoiling the show.
He tried to lure Chuck out of his cottage with an ear of corn, but Chuck shrewdly grabbed the corn and dragged it inside to enjoy. The mayor tried again, twice, but then, seemingly out of patience, he grabbed Chuck by the belly with both hands before he could hide again and held him up in the air for everyone to see.
By then, the mayor had already been bitten."
City Council speaker, Christine C. Quinn, clearly sucking up to the Mayor and the media, blamed the groundhog, "I made it out alive: no bites, no scratches. But I kept a little bit more of a distance from the groundhog. I knew him not to be the jolliest fellow. But I didn’t know he was nasty."