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Another Crooked Obama Appointee.

Discussion in 'Politics, Elections & Legislation' started by JBrooks, Feb 24, 2009.

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  1. JBrooks

    JBrooks TS Member

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    Are there no honest people in the Obama government?

    "Locke a lock for Commerce?posted at 8:43 am on February 24, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

    Barack Obama has found his third pick for Commerce Secretary, a post that has resembled the Spinal Tap drummer more than a Cabinet position in the Obama transition. Gary Locke, the former governor of Washington, will soon join the Obama administration in the position vacated by once and present Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Governor Bill Richardson (D-NM):

    President Obama is probably going to pick former Washington Gov. Gary Locke for commerce secretary, several senior administration officials told FOX News Monday.

    The expected decision comes after the president’s two previous picks bowed out of the running. Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., backed out less than two weeks ago, citing “irresolvable conflicts” with the president’s economic policies. New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson bowed out in January amid an ethics investigation in his state.

    Since leaving office he’s been working for the Seattle-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine on issues involving China, energy and governmental relations. He argues that global engagement is a way to improve China’s human rights record and deal with piracy of intellectual property.

    He’ll fit right in with Hillary Clinton on China, then. In fact, he’ll fit in better with the Obama administration than Gregg, who mostly opposed Obama’s economic policies. One big question is whether the White House will still pull the Census from Commerce, or whether a Democrat in the Commerce Secretary position will satisfy the Congressional Black Caucus and the Latino caucus. Locke would certainly serve to eliminate that controversy.

    He might stoke another, however. Fox News notes that Obama wanted a quiet, scandal-free appointment after Richardson’s pay-for-play investigation and the tax problems of several high-profile nominees. Locke, though, brings a little baggage that may get a new look in a confirmation hearing:

    LET’S SAY YOU’RE Gov. Gary Locke’s brother-in-law. You bunk at the governor’s mansion. You commute to your nearby job as an executive of a private technology firm.

    During your two years with the firm, the governor signs a bill giving your company a tax break, personally intervenes in a dispute involving your company, shows up for a party there, and signs a federal loan application for your company, whose founders—your bosses—pay at least two visits to the mansion.
    At the same time, your company rakes in millions in state aid, lands a fat state technology contract, and is allowed to use government credit authority to float new loans (an authority illegally granted, as a state auditor’s report will reveal this week).

    Are you getting gubernatorial favors that average citizens don’t get?
    Naaaw, says the governor.

    The scandal involved SafeHarbor, an online-services firm that racked up an impressive amount of state contracts and tax breaks during the two years that Judd Lee, the brother of Locke’s wife, bunked at the governor’s mansion. Locke and Lee claimed that they never discussed SafeHarbor business while living in the same house, but as Seattle Weekly notes, SafeHarbor got a lot of attention from Locke, coincidentally or not.

    It got over $12 million in government aid and saved over $600,000 from legislation pushed by Locke, while gaining almost $500,000 in state contracts. The state aid actually comprised federal funds for redevelopment, channeled through a state agency called PDA, which allowed Locke to claim that SafeHarbor never got state aid money.

    Will we hear more about SafeHarbor and how they ended up with $12 million in taxpayer money while its executive bunked with Locke? It certainly seems like a good topic to pick for an administration that promised it would clean up Washington and end the politics of influence."

    This guy only knows crooks. Suprise!
     
  2. JBrooks

    JBrooks TS Member

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    But let's not forget the crooked Joe Biden Clan:
    From the WS Journal:

    "A fund of hedge funds run by two members of Vice President Joe Biden's family was marketed exclusively by companies controlled by Texas financier R. Allen Stanford, who is facing Securities and Exchange Commission accusations of engaging in an $8 billion fraud.

    The $50 million fund was jointly branded between the Bidens' Paradigm Global Advisors LLC and a Stanford Financial Group entity and was known as the Paradigm Stanford Capital Management Core Alternative Fund. Stanford-related companies marketed the fund to investors and also invested about $2.7 million of their own money in the fund, according to a lawyer for Paradigm. Paradigm Global Advisors is owned through a holding company by the vice president's son, Hunter, and Joe Biden's brother, James."
     
  3. geneleroy

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    Locke & Biden are politicians!! Crooked is what they do!!

    Honest & politician do not go together!
     
  4. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Birds of a feather, as the saying goes. I'm not sure there are any politicians that aren't crooked in one form or another but the democrats seem to hold honors for the most!
     
  5. Clay KillR

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    And I haven't heard about either of those from the national media. Imagine That!
     
  6. Paladin

    Paladin Well-Known Member

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    From FOX;


    "Report: Biden's Son, Brother Marketed Hedge Fund Through Stanford Company"
     
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