|Irony - a non-smiling Smylie as head of a candy company in Moline.|
Jack Preus (1969-1981) met with Pastor Herman Otten many times, and Otten recorded phone conversations with Preus.
Ralph Bohlmann (1981-1992) was OK with Otten, but antagonized the LCMS.
Al Barry (1992-2001) made the LCMS his fourth synod (one itty-bitty "orthodox" sect, ELS, WELS, and finally LCMS). Paul McCain was ordained Barry's campaign manager and worked secretly with Otten to promote Barry while both men denied working together. McCain went from Barry assistant to the Historical Institute to Concordia Publishing House and CyberBrethren plagiarism fame.
The long dark tea-time of Jerry Kieschnick (2001-2010). I do not see how he was one bit different from the rest, except Otten helped him get elected by his hostility toward someone else, fueled by Jack Iago Cascione's fulminations. From this vantage point, the differences are impossible to discern.
Matt Harrison became LCMS president by defeating Kieschnick, doubtless with Paul McCain in the background. Immediately after, McCain was featured in Harrison photographs, gloating over his return to the Purple Palace for photo ops and popping up again in official photos. Now that Otten is tired of Harrison, we learn that Matt the Fat courted Otten for hours in New Haven, including a banjo strumming Ode to Otten.
In my opinion, Harrison should be defeated for enabling McCain. But of course, for every McCain is a Jay Webber eager to take his place as hatchet man and false teacher.
|Irony - Otten complaining about the LCMS presidents|
he has secretly maneuvered into office.