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John Edwards

Former Senator John Edwards is a sad figure. Eight years ago, John Edwards had a real shot at becoming the vice president of the United States. He was a fresh new face. He was a senator. He had moments on the campaign trail where he created a real spark. Four years ago, John Edwards ran for the president of the United States. He was in the same position that Mitt Romney is in now. He had been eyeing the presidency for a while. He’d gotten his inner circle of advisers together. They had been strategizing for years. He’d been to Iowa so often that I thought he’d actually moved there and set up permanent residency. A bizarre combination of ego, ambition and stupidity combined to kill his candidacy and put in in hot water with the feds.

Yesterday, when the mainstream media announced that John Edwards was found not guilty on one count and there was a mistrial regarding all other counts, there were bizarre reactions among the public of dismay, disbelief and befuddlement. I could only smile. Most of us have never read anything about election law. If you don’t read the law, how do you know that he’s guilty of something? In my mind, the bottom line is John Edwards is a sleazebag. This is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. He is guilty of being a jerk. He’s guilty of being a first-rate ass to his deceased wife, Elizabeth, and to his kids. Other than that, I’m not sure if he’s guilty of anything else. I wish him well.

I thought that this quote sums everything up pretty well – “As noted by nearly every campaign finance lawyer who considered the matter, this was a lousy case,” Melanie Sloan, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said in a statement. “All the salacious details prosecutors offered up to prove that Edwards is, indeed, despicable, were not enough to persuade the jury to convict him.”

By |2013-11-03T17:15:29-04:00June 2nd, 2012|Elections, Party Politics|2 Comments

CREW Asks Feds to Look Into Senator John Ensign

I really haven’t said much about Sen. John Ensign. When I first heard about his latest “I’m sorry please forgive me” press conference, I really didn’t write about it that much. It seems like we’ve been down this road so many times before. As events unfolded in South Carolina and with Michael Jackson, Sen. Ensign seems to have been pushed to the back burner. Well, somebody turn the heat on the back burner back up to high. The pot that is John Ensign is now boiling over.

First, below is the Dear John letter that Sen. John Ensign sent to his lover Cindy (Cynthia) Hampton. This letter is almost as bad as Gov. Mark Sanford’s e-mails. Somebody pass me the Pepto-Bismol.
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One of the shadier aspects of this whole affair has been the fact that Sen. Ensign has placed both Cindy Hampton and her husband, Doug Hampton, on his payroll. Doug has broken his silence and has been talking to the Las Vegas Sun. The Hampton’s son, Brandon, was paid by the National Republican Senatorial Committee, of which Sen. Ensign was the chairman. Then, today we learn that Ensign’s parents paid the Hamptons $96,000 back in April 2008 (the Hamptons took out a mortgage on their house for $1.2 million back in 2006. Outside of working for the Senator, what kind of work were these guys doing in order to be able to afford a $1.2 million home? Do you smell a fish?) CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) has asked the Department of Justice to look into Sen. Ensign’s payments. They may be illegal.

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By |2009-07-09T23:55:44-04:00July 9th, 2009|Legal, Party Politics, Rachel Maddow Show, Senate|Comments Off on CREW Asks Feds to Look Into Senator John Ensign
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