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August 01, 2002

So Will GOP Disown Simon?

Oooh-- that's gotta hurt. You're running for governor of the most populous state in the country and a jury convicts your family firm of multi-million dollar fraud in the conduct of the business.

The GOP is beating their breast that NJ's Torricelli should be replaced over the slightly sleazy gifts of a TV and some earings from a supporter. You wonder if they will be as outraged over a massive fraud verdict against their California gubernatorial candidate?

Posted by Nathan at August 1, 2002 11:38 AM

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From tomorrow's HR:

THE TORCH AND GRAY DAVIS are slimy promulgators of petty corruption. There "crimes," such as they are or are not, pale before the GOP as an institution:

"The Senate ethics committee, reacting to a controversial document being assembled by Republican activists, plans to warn senators today not to use political affiliation as a basis for deciding who gets access to them or their staffs, a source familiar with the effort said last night. The committee's warning comes in response to a Washington Post report in June that Republicans were researching the party affiliation and campaign donations of hundreds of lobbyists, as a way to deny government access and jobs to those who don't share their political views.
The research project, headed by GOP activist Grover Norquist, was discussed in June in a private meeting in the Capitol hosted by Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.). Several Republican lawmakers already have copies of the dossier, dubbed the "K Street Project," according to GOP aides. Phone messages left at Santorum's Senate office, which was closed for the night, were not returned.
"Any effort to deny access to . . . those who do not share a Member's party affiliation, have not made political contributions, or have made political contributions to those not in a Member's party would appear to violate" Senate rules, the ethics committee says in a letter it plans to send to all 100 senators today, according to the source. A spokeswoman for the committee's chairman, Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), declined to comment on the matter. The letter will be co-signed by the committee's top Republican, Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.)." http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A33718-2002Aug1?language=printer

In what way is selling access to the institutions of government (in violation of the 1st Amendment's Right to Petition?) not far, far worse than the rinky dink scandals about which the blogosphere gets worked up?

Posted by: Jeff at August 4, 2002 06:18 PM

Although the Norquist/GOP project to screw liberal lobbyists is different from Torricelli's ethics violations. The problem with Torricelli is the idea that he might be favoring those who give him personal gifts at the expense of those who elected him. While if the GOP screws the liberals who didn't vote for them (or Dems do the reverse), that's largely what one expects people you elect to do against opposing forces.

Yes, legislators should listen to all sides of an issue, but fights over K Street lobbying slots for ones friends or enemies is not exactly the same thing. The Bush administration largely refused to listen to environmentals on his energy policy-- there's no constitutional violation in that, just a reason for voters to throw him out of office

Frankly, I hope Delay and Norquist succeed in killing jobs for all liberals trying to get positions flacking for the various DC business lobbies. It just gives those lobbies too much credibility with Democratic lawmakers.

Posted by: Nathan at August 4, 2002 06:41 PM

Dubya is going to CA to raise money for Simon (according to FOX News today), says Simon has "assured" him that he is "innocent." Is this surprising to anyone considering the Bush Crime Family's own legacy? Dubya not only overlooks corporate crime, he endorses and embraces it.

Posted by: annie_ohhhhh at August 23, 2002 01:04 PM

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