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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Culture of Corruption - Update

A key piece of the Democrat campaign strategy that lead to their takeover of the House and Senate in the 2006 mid-term elections was harping on a "Culture of Corruption." Rep. Pelosi and friends effectively used that term to paint the crooked politician stereotype as a mainly Republican problem. People who actually pay attention to what's going on in politics understand that both parties have far too many crooks holding office. Doesn't matter, since the Dems normally aren't targeting their rhetoric to people with a clue anyways. This is all brought up by the occasion of Georgia state Rep. Ron Sailor resigning after pleading guilty to money laundering. The third paragraph tells us he is a church pastor. However, you have to read all the way down to the 6th paragraph to find out Sailor is a Democrat. Sounds like a another great preacher:
Prosecutors charged that between Nov. 10 and Dec. 19, Sailor had transactions with an undercover law officer who he believed was a drug dealer from Florida. Nahmias said the case started as part of a drug money laundering investigation and focused on Sailor after authorities learned he was interested in laundering money. Sailor made at least one trip to Florida to meet the operative.

During the meetings, prosecutors alleged, Sailor laundered $75,000 for a 10 percent fee, returning the money to the undercover officer as business loan checks and payments for contracting work for a church that did not exist. On Dec. 19 when he was arrested in Atlanta, they said, he had taken possession of $300,000 that he had agreed to launder.
Maybe he isn't going down by himself. Consider this part of the story:
The arrest was kept a secret for nearly three months. During that time, officials said, Sailor was cooperating with authorities.
I bet some of Sailor's fellow legislators are sweating bullets trying to remember what they may have said to him recently and wondering if he was wearing a wire at the time.


Blogger Modern Esquire said...

Can you read?

He's not in Congress; he's a state legislator.

March 18, 2008 at 11:49 AM

Blogger LargeBill said...

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March 18, 2008 at 12:39 PM

Blogger LargeBill said...

Oops, good catch. Thanks. Still a crooked politician regardless.

March 18, 2008 at 12:41 PM

Blogger BizzyBlog said...

Bill, it looks like you and others scrutinizing reports on politicians are having an effect. Subsequent reports are getting the party designation in the second or third para, including the revised version of what you linked to, where it's in the third.

Congrats on the new set-up. Nice title.

March 18, 2008 at 12:46 PM

Blogger Ben said...

if you have to read past the first two paragraphs to find out what party a lammaker who is in trouble is from, you know they are a democrat.

March 18, 2008 at 2:23 PM


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