November 10, 2006
Voting for Crooks
It's just amazing that the attention goes to the small-time stuff. I mean, driving on a revoked license and passing some bad checks is wrong (unless you're all Badnarik about driver licenses to begin with, or conclude that the banking system is corrupt enough to be ripe for the taking), but somehow it's "news" that newly elected Niota, Tennessee Commissioner James Cagle is wanted in the next county. But, um, didn't that Jefferson guy win re-election in Louisiana? (Not outright, but he received the highest vote total.) (UPDATE: More on this race from the former Forward with Ford author.) What about how close Conrad Burns came to being re-elected in Montana? Katherine Harris lost, too, but she had some financial explaining to do, had she won.
Didn't Bob Corker allegedly damage the public trust with his Brainerd Wal-Mart land deal? And lest you think I'm just picking on Bobby, his main opponent's support came from all kinds of major delinquents, whom in large part are his own family. Don't think that in some way your vote for Harold Jr. wasn't a vote for Harold Sr.
I'm not excusing the election of Cagle in Niota by any means. I'm just saying, there are much worse criminals that get elected to much bigger offices, and we only hear about some of them getting caught, some of the time, when there's no way for them to wiggle out of whatever they've done.
Elections | By joe lance | 10:57 AM