Just two weeks ago, John D. McDaniel was a key operative to Philadelphia politicians and, not coincidentally, an assistant managing director for the city - a high-flying position he purportedly carried out at Philadelphia International Airport.
Since then, the city ethics board has implicated McDaniel and Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown in misappropriations and misrepresentations of campaign contributions and expenditures; Mayor Nutter has unceremoniously fired McDaniel from his $87,000-a-year city job; and federal authorities have charged him with stealing from the councilwoman's campaign.
But if you think McDaniel had a bad week, consider all the travelers who were unlucky enough to land in Philadelphia since the airport's "Volunteer Information Program" was deprived of his leadership. The stated mission of the program McDaniel ran is to staff the airport with "gracious volunteers providing information ... as well as answering questions" - for example, where does one claim baggage or catch a train to Center City? And do all the signs reading "Baggage Claim" and "Trains to Central Philadelphia" have anything to do with the answer?