As a cornstalk* living in the heart of it all†, I was amazed this morning when my wife told me that an Ohioan had become Premier of my native state. But, indeed, Kristina Keneally is now leader of the Parliamentary Labor Party and Premier-designate of New South Wales, having grown up in Toledo and gone to university (or “to school” as they say in these parts) in Dayton.
Mind you, it may just be one more symptom of the collapse of the Australian Labor Party in NSW, and one more step on the road to a Liberal Premier being elected in 2011, but at least it’s more more expat-makes-good story.
*Cornstalk = New South Welsh person (and the “corn” is wheat, not the corn they grow round here)
†The heart of it all = Ohio