Don"t blame me A NUVO investigation of preliminary voting patterns from the new One Book, One City campaign suggest that local political figures may be manipulating the selection process designed to narrow down the choices for one book the entire city will be encouraged to read together. The first such indication of impropriety was the tally of 17,583 votes from the City-County Building for The Peterson Plan as the city"s shared reading experience.
"Is it my fault that city employees have sophisticated literary tastes?" the mayor asked at a hastily-called news conference. Later, heavy voting for The Autobigraphy of D.C. Stephenson was traced back to the Beurt SerVaas not-for-profit estate, in part because an application for a charitable tax exemption on Dr. SerVaas" golf cart and a copy of the Constitution of Rhodesia were found mixed in with a sheaf of ballots, all printed on white paper. Denials of vote manipulation were issued from the state Republican Party headquarters, despite the fact it was listed as the return address for a block of votes for P.J. O"Rourke"s newest work, Don"t Blame Me, I Voted for Marie Antoinette. Some parts of the NUVO investigation were more difficult than others: Hundreds of votes for an admiring three-volume biography of Sorrell Booke, the actor who played Boss Hogg in the Dukes of Hazzard, were actually printed on stationery from the Marion County Sheriff"s Department. Marion County Prosecutor Scott Newman promised an investigation into the improprieties, brushing aside questions of conflict of interest that arose after allegations that his office was engaged in the destruction of all ballots cast for Les MisÈrables. Finally, a glut of votes for the Where"s Waldo? series of books has been linked to the offices of the O"Bannon administration. The governor, whose whereabouts have been unknown since midway through his first term, was unable to be reached for comment.