Nancy Boyda is a "justifier." She feels like she needs to justify her existence, and when she screws up, she feels like she needs to justify her mistake.
When you're in the public eye and your words are on the record, sometimes being a justifier, gets you in trouble because you start making stuff up on the spot.
For instance, Nancy Boyda told a CBS Evening News correspondent that the Lansing prison museum was a memorial for fallen prison guards - seven in Leavenworth County according to her interview with WIBW.
Problem - the Mayor of Lansing didn't say anything about the museum being a memorial (and this guy loves to talk about this museum, so it's not like he wouldn't have mentioned it).
Next, Boyda goes to some lengths to say it's ok for the federal government to invest $100,000 when private funds are going to raise $3 million - roughly 3% of the total cost. OK, maybe we could accept that. Except, Boyda asked for nearly $1.2 million - roughly 40% of the total cost.
Then, let's talk about earmarks in general. Nancy Boyda campaigned against wasteful earmarking in Washington, DC. She then told CBS news that she pretty much just made every request that came into her office. Um, no review to eliminate projects or no prioritizing of projects that would do the most public good - just ask for all of them? News flash, that's not eliminating waste, that's adding to it.
And, then there was "the other people are doing it" justification. In essence, Boyda said, if President Bush can spend money on the war without being questioned, then I can spend money on a prison museum. Nancy, I'd say the President has been questioned extensively about his spending on the war, by Congress, in the media, in the blogosphere, etc, etc, etc . . . so let's stay focused on what you're doing.
Dedicated to the proposition that Nancy Boyda is a one termer.